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Wales’ planners welcome the publication of planning Bill

06 October 2014

Wales’ planners welcome the publication of planning Bill.

The publication today of the Planning (Wales) Bill, by the Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant AM, marks a significant point in the further development of a planning system which is able to respond directly to the context and future needs of Wales.

RTPI Cymru, which represents 1,100 planners in the public, private and voluntary sectors, welcomed the Bill as a positive step forward in revising the existing system to deliver for Wales. Cath_ranson_small

Cath Ranson, RTPI President 2014-15, said: 

“We strongly believe there is a need to embed a new proactive and confident culture within planning in Wales, to boost economic prosperity and to create better places for our communities to live and work. Planners, politicians, consultees, developers, and the general public, all have a role to play in achieving this. We look forward to scrutinising and responding to the proposals in more detail shortly.” 

Emma Langmaid, RTPI Cymru Chair, who will represent the Institute at the Wales Planning Forum to discuss the Bill said:

“We supported the evidence based approach taken by the minister and the general thrust and spirit of the proposals set out in the Positive Planning consultation exercise and the earlier draft Bill. We are pleased that many of those provisions have carried through into the Bill published today, including those our members strongly argued for, including proposals for a National Development Framework and Strategic Development Plans”.

“We strongly believe there is a need to embed a new proactive and confident culture within planning in Wales, to boost economic prosperity and to create better places for our communities to live and work. Planners, politicians, consultees, developers, and the general public, all have a role to play in achieving this. We look forward to scrutinising and responding to the proposals in more detail shortly.” 

Dr Roisin Willmott, Director of RTPI Cymru, who spoke at the launch of the Bill, said: 

“Building on the successes of the past, the legislation can provide a new framework to achieve a positive, collaborative, and integrated planning system with the main focus on outcomes and the delivery of sustainable development.  All stakeholders will need to work together to bring this about.”

“We strongly believe there is a need to embed a new proactive and confident culture within planning in Wales, to boost economic prosperity and to create better places for our communities to live and work. Planners, politicians, consultees, developers, and the general public, all have a role to play in achieving this. We look forward to scrutinising and responding to the proposals in more detail shortly.” 

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RTPI Cymru is now working on supporting the Bill through the stages and will be putting forward positive suggestions and solutions where we feel the legislation needs improving.  We will be keeping members informed on the progress of the Bill and our activities via our webpages, the RTPI Cymru Newsletter – Cynllunio and via Twitter: @RTPICymru.