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Welsh Labour

The Welsh Labour published their manifesto on the 19 April 2016. Please see the main points that relate to planning and the built environment below. Read the full document here.

Employment and housing

  • We will provide better jobs, closer to home.
  • We will deliver prosperity – with work and secure homes for all.
  • We will explore options for ending land banking. We believe long term partnerships can help deliver the accelerated rate of house building we need, and the quality environments we require, and we will learn from best practice around the globe.
  • We are protecting social housing by ending Right to Buy. Building on this, we will deliver an extra 20,000 affordable homes in the next term. In our bid to end homelessness, especially for young people, we will take advantage of every opportunity to bring empty homes back into use.
  • We will continue to support co-operative responses to our housing needs in Wales.

Economy

  • We will support and encourage the development of City Regions, working with partners to make the Cardiff City Region Deal a success, and support the development of the Swansea Bay City Deal.
  • We will also work to unlock the potential of the North Wales economy, continue the regeneration of the Valleys and promote the rural economies of Mid and West Wales.

Infrastructure

  • We will also work alongside the UK National Infrastructure Commission to ensure key investment decisions recognise the needs of Wales.
  • We will build the transport infrastructure needed to better connect people with places of employment.
  • Investment in flood defence work will continue and we will take further action to improve water management in our environment.
  • We will build on our massive investment in transport infrastructure to enable people to travel safely and easily around our nation. We want to work with partners across the border on strategic rail and road routes. This will mean the roll-out of electrification of both the South and North Wales Main Lines.
  • We will demand both of the UK Government as well as fast links from North Wales to the air hubs of the North West of England.
  • In North Wales we will promote the work of the Mersey Dee Alliance.
  • Valleys communities are being transformed by our investment and regeneration. Alongside this investment we know the South Wales Metro will open further opportunities to strengthen and diversify the economy of the valleys.
  • We will unlock the same potential for North Wales by starting work on the development of a North Wales Metro system too.  We will deliver a relief road for the M4, upgrades of the A55 across North Wales and improvements to other trunk roads across Wales.
  • We will deliver a new, not-for-profit, rail franchise from 2018 to improve the frequency and quality of train services and press for the devolution of Air Passenger Duty, with a view to developing our airports.

Energy

  • For the environment we will take a lead in developing more renewable energy projects – supporting technologies like tidal lagoons - and better planning. Our robust and unequivocal opposition to fracking will continue.
  • We will commit to stretching emissions and landfill targets that will see a Welsh Labour Government becoming carbon neutral by 2020. We will support the development of tidal lagoons and community energy schemes, and support the roll-out of free smart energy meters to all homes to reduce bills.

Natural Environment

  • Our natural environment is not just a place for recreation and agriculture – it is also vitally important for biodiversity. We will support best practice across Wales.

Sustainable Development

  • Sustainable development will remain a central organising principle of our Welsh Labour Government. Our Environment Act provides a strong framework for long-term action to counter climate change. We will report on the new Well-being indicators to measure the progress our country makes.

Government

  • We recognise the vital role of local government so we will seek to create stronger, larger local authorities, as well as stronger town and community councils, leading to the devolution of powers from Cardiff Bay.