Here you’ll find information about relevant government consultations, publications, guidance, links and information designed to help local groups and individuals keep up to date on heritage, planning etc.. Linked documents include the consultation documents, responses and the Civic Trust’s briefing papers and updates from the Civic Trust website.
We welcome updates and feedback from civic societies and other local groups.
1 Current consultations
Following the introduction of the Bill the Planning Division of the Welsh Government has published a number of consultation documents. These can be found here:http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/planning/?lang=en. The consulations include those listed below. To assist civic societies in their responses to the consultations, the Civic Trust has provided briefing papers and suggested responses or issues to consider for those consultations listed below.
- Consultation on Design in the Planning Process – consultation closes 16 January 2015
- Frontloading the development management system – consultation closes 16 January 2015
- Planning Committees, Delegation and Joint Planning Boards – consultation closes 16 January 2015
- Planning and related decisions of the Welsh Ministers – consultation closes 30 January 2015
2 Work in progress
2.1 Heritage Bill
1.2.1 The Heritage Bill is scheduled for introduction to the National Assembly for Wales in spring 2015. During 2014, the Bill will be drafted and the materials needed to support its introduction will be prepared.
1.2.2 Consultation: The future of our past: A consultation on proposals for the historic environment of Wales (closed October 2013)
1.2.3 Plenary debated heritage next steps (Civic Trust update)
1.2.4 The Heritage Bill — Civic Trust update on progress
See also under ‘Campaigns’ below
3 Recent policy updates
3.1 The Planning (Wales) Bill
3.2 Planning Policy Wales
Updated in February 2014, Planning Policy Wales has again been updated in August 2014 to amend policy on Sustainable Buildings in Wales.
3.3 Technical Advice Notes (TAN)
TAN 20: Planning and the Welsh Language revised October 2013
TAN 22: Planning for Sustainable Buildings: CANCELLED (Civic Trust update)
TAN 12: Design revised August 2014 (Civic Trust update)
3.3.1 Changes to Permitted Development rights (for non-residential uses) March 2014
3.3.2 Planning for Sustainable Building June 2014
3.3.3 Practice guidance on planning and the Welsh language June 2014
3.3.4 Development not requiring planning permission- a guide July 2014
3.3.5 DCFW guidance: July 2014
3.3.6 Practice guidance: Planning for Sustainable Buildings produced by DCFW August 2014
4.1 Coal exchange, Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Coal Exchange redevelopment plans get conservationists fired up – 230314 Article in the Guardian
The Victorian Society urges Coal Exchange Inquiry Civic Trust article
4.2 The Heritage Bill
Guest blog by Nathan Blanchard, Chair IHBC: Urgent works to listed buildings & the Heritage Bill July 2014