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Future of Welsh planning outlined by minister

Published: Thursday, 16th June 2016

Speaking at the RTPI Cymru, Welsh planning minister Lesley Griffiths set out her vision for the Welsh planning system…

Welsh planning minister Lesley Griffiths who is also Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs last week urged the seven planning authorities without up-to-date adopted local development plans to “get on with the job” while calling on all 22 to start work on the new strategic development plans.

“There is a clear opportunity to use these plans to set out a shared vision across a region and inform and guide regeneration initiatives such as City Deal and the Metro” she said.

The minister also listed her five key requirements of the planning system. These were:

  • A visionary and evidence-based planning system
  • A connected planning system
  • A planning system that helps to deliver
  • An efficient planning system
  • A valued planning system.

Griffiths, who was speaking at the RTPI Cymru conference in Cardiff, confirmed that the new administration was committed to a target of 20,000 affordable homes.

She said the Welsh government would explore barriers to house building “including investigating whether land banking plays a role in constraining housing supply”.

Meanwhile in a separate but related development the UK government’s Wales bill had its Second Reading in the Commons this week (14 June).

It confirms new powers for Welsh ministers over energy projects and ports and harbours and a brand new responsibility which means that ministers for the first time will be responsible for licensing coal mining.

View the press release

View more information on the Wales bill

Roger Milne