RTPI Cymru has welcomed the National Assembly for Wales' Environment and Sustainability Committee's report on Energy Policy and Planning in Wales, published today 27th June.
Renewable, and particularly wind, energy generates considerable discussion in Wales, and it is the planning process which has to balance the diverse viewpoints. This Inquiry has heard the wide-ranging views and considered them together in the report to help move the debate forward, which is welcomed.
RTPI Cymru supports the promotion of a mix of energy sources to meet demand, preferably from renewable or low-carbon sources, but also recommends that the primary aim of all Government policy should be to reduce energy demand.
Pictured above: Roisin Willmott, RTPI Cymru's National Director.
The Report considers an important issue relating to coordinated spatial planning in Wales:
Roisin Willmott, RTPI Cymru National Director, said: \"As picked up by the Inquiry's report, RTPI Cymru believes that the Wales Spatial Plan needs a greater role in land use planning and resource basis. However to do this, a refinement of the concept of the Wales Spatial Plan is required; the Plan needs to be moved on a stage further to support the planning system and tackle the larger than local issues which planning must address, including energy.\"
\"The Committee's report makes some recommendations around the Wales Spatial Plan, the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan and a proposed Natural Resource Plan. RTPI Cymru strongly argues for the Co-ordination of Government and others' plans to provide a secure and positive future for Wales' economy, environment and communities.\"
The Committee's Report will be published on the National Assembly for Wales' website: http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=2255