Yesterday the Welsh Government published the Planning (Wales) Bill. According to the Welsh Government the Bill will: “enable communities across Wales to benefit from a streamlined system which will support the delivery of the homes, jobs and infrastructure that Wales requires.
The Bill proposes:
-Community consultations on major developments will be required to take place as early as possible to ensure a more robust and speedy planning system and a clearer framework for how developers engage communities in the planning of our cities, home towns, villages and open spaces;
-Planning decisions will be made at the appropriate level of Government – in future Ministers will decide on planning applications for development of national significance to Wales;
-Some planning issues extend beyond the boundaries of a single local planning authority and need to be tackled at a sub-regional level, through a strategic development plan, prepared by a strategic planning panel. This panel will comprise representatives of local authorities, community, environmental and business interests.
-A more effective enforcement system which will enable communities to see more prompt action against breaches of planning control”
To follow the progress of the Bill click on this link which will take you to the National Assembly for Wales website: http://senedd.assemblywales.org/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=11271