Jane Davidson AM, Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing has today launched the new national planning framework 'Planning Policy Wales' at the RTPI Cymru annual conference in Cardiff. The 2010 Wales Planning Conference 'The Making of Place' has today brought together over 200 planners and others from across the country to discuss key planning issues in Wales, with a focus on the making of places that are valued and have identity.
Ann Skippers, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:
\"Planning Policy Wales, which brings together all Welsh planning policy in one easy to access online documents is an excellent example of setting policy at the national level. The Assembly Government's launch of the consolidated and updated version is very welcome, particularly as it has made it fully electronic and accessible to all.
It can now easily be updated, vitally important given the changing needs and demands of planning and construction here in Wales, particularly in a changing climate. The difficulty has been in retaining a single document approach whilst ensuring policy is able to be responsive to new circumstance – the new Planning Policy Wales achieves this, and more.\"
Jane Davidson AM, Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing said:
\"The main driver for this consolidated version of Planning Policy Wales is to further embed the need to tackle climate change into the planning system. Climate change is one of the most serious global threats facing us today. As a society we must take action to minimise the causes of global climate change as well as understand and deal with the consequences of inevitable change.
\"Climate change will have potentially profound environmental, economic and social justice implications and failure to address it will make planning for sustainable development impossible. As a small industrialised nation, Wales has the opportunity to lead the way in tackling climate change, and the planning system must play its part.\"
A full programme can be found at RTPI-Conference-brochure-English.pdf