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RTPI commissioning a study into the Operation of Planning Committees in Wales

04 February 2013

RTPI Cymru is keen to work with the Welsh Government to ensure that we have the best possible planning system. Planning Committees are an integral part of our democratic planning system but there is variation in the way that they work across Wales. The research will examine how committees currently work and identify good practice and ways in which they can be improved. Roisin Willmott, National Director RTPI Cymru.

Background

The Independent Advisory Group (IAG) produced its September 2012 report "Towards a Welsh Planning Act: Ensuring the Planning System Delivers". The report included a wide number of recommendations for the improvement of the planning system in Wales. Recommendation 55 of the Report advises that "An independent body is commissioned to conduct a study of the operation of Planning Committees in Wales to determine whether there is a link between efficiency and effectiveness and committee size." Consequently the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development has invited the Royal Town Planning Institute in Wales (RTPI Cymru) to take forward the recommendation.

Submission deadline

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 12pm (noon) Thursday 21 February 2013.