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Welsh planners welcome the draft Welsh Planning Bill

05 December 2013

RTPI Cymru welcomed the Welsh Government’s publication of the draft Planning (Wales) Bill and the consultation, Positive planning: proposals to reform the planning system in Wales.

RTPI Cymru believes that the Bill needs to address three key issues.

The Bill needs to be clear about the national planning hierarchy, what is planned and at what level it is managed . We need to a National Development Plan or Framework with an express vision reflecting general national goals with stated outcomes, and there needs to be thought about how we provide a sufficiently flexible model of strategic planning at a level between national and local level to meet need.

Our first impressions are positive.

Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, said: “The RTPI welcomes the publication of the draft Bill. Our first impressions are positive. We are pleased that the Welsh Government sees planning positively, and is seeking to use planning to achieve the aspirations of the Nation. It will take time to fully analyse the detail of the Bill, and RTPI Cymru will provide a detailed response to the consultation over the coming months.”

The consultation, which runs until 26 February, is built around 4 themes: supporting culture change; active stewardship (leadership); improving collaboration; and improving local delivery.