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Policy in Wales

The Institute in Wales responds to a range of consultations conducted by the Welsh Government, the National Assembly for Wales' Committees and other national bodies, and produces position papers on policy issues relevant to Wales, as well as considering UK proposals from a Wales' perspective.

The RTPI Cymru responses and policy work is the responsibility of its Policy and Research Forum, supported by the Director and Policy Officer.

Policy and Research Forum

The Policy and Research Forum is a sub-forum of the RTPI Cymru Management Board and leads on RTPI Cymru policy, practice and research activities. The Forum is formed for a three year period.   

Current policy consultations

RTPI Cymru is asked to comment on various consultations documents. Members' views on current consultations are always welcome and should be submitted by e-mail to the Policy Team, or by post to the RTPI Cymru Office.

The Forum is currently considering the following consultations, if you would like to provide comments for the Forum to consider please e-mail.  The deadline for responding to RTPI Cymru is given against each consultation, with a hyperlink to the consultation document.

Welsh Language Bill White Paper

This White Paper sets out proposals relating to the arrangements to promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language.  The consultation closes on 31 October 2017.

Low carbon housing: the challenge

An inquiry into 'A Smarter Energy Future for Wales' made a number of recommendations around housing and building regulations.  The Committee would like carry out an inquiry with a view to informing policy development in this area.  Assessing Welsh Government's progress in relation to low carbon housing and to consider what needs to be done to ensure the Welsh Government achieves its commitments to meet energy efficiency and emissions reductions targets.  The consultation deadline is 23 November 2017.

Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

This document replaces the Travelling to a Better Future Framework for Action and Delivery Plan (2011).  Seeking views on proposals for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers which include social inclusion; access to culturally-appropriate and good quality accommodation; unauthorised encampments and homelessness; access to the labour market etc.  The consultation closes on 21 December 2017.

Town and Village Greens

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to procedures relating to the registration of town and village greens following the commencement of relevant provisions in the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.   The consultation proposes to commence sections 52 and 53 of, and Schedule 6 to, the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 which will amend the Commons Act 2006. This will introduce new procedures providing owners with a right to end use of their land as town or village green subject to certain statutory exclusions.   New Regulations are also proposed to set out the detailed operation of these procedures and the consultation seeks views on the detailed content of these proposals.  Responses to the consultation paper are invited by 2 February 2018.

Recent Policy Responses

RTPI Cymru's response to consultations made during 2016 and 2017 can be found below; responses made in previous years can be found by following the links to the left.

Cross-Party Group on Small Shops in the National Assembly for Wales

Organisations were invited to submit written evidence to the Supporting Entrepreneurship Inquiry.  The Supporting Entrepreneurship Inquiry was exploring how to support entrepreneurs to grow and develop, thrive and invest in their future and local communities across Wales. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here

National Assembly Inquiry into the Historic Environment

The Historic Environment Bill received Royal Assent in March 2016.  The Terms of Reference for this Inquiry were:Implementation of the Historic Environment Act; Protection for listed buildings and scheduled monuments; Protection for buildings and monuments at risk; Facilitating collaboration within the sector; Maximising the value of heritage tourism and Cadw's work to meet its income generation targets; Delivery of Baroness Andrews' Culture and Poverty report; Collaboration with heritage assets in the private sector; Cadw's future status. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee and the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committees are working together to consider the implications of this Bill for Wales and invited views on: the treatment of devolution; the delegation of powers and their control; and the scrutiny processes and the role of the devolved legislatures. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here

Implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems on New Developments

Welsh Government are consulting on the proposed implementation of schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, which includes: making local authorities the responsible SuDS approving body, and ensuring all new developments have a sustainable drainage system that meets mandatory national standards. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Integrated Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report for the National Development Framework

The scoping report is the first step of the draft integrated sustainability appraisal (ISA) for the NDF. This consultation will help steer the development of the ISA, and the NDF, from its early stages. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Joint Inquiry on Air Quality

The terms of reference are UK wide. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Proposals to improve local bus services in Wales

Welsh Government are consulting on proposals to improve local bus services.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Draft circular for the planning of Gypsy, Traveller and showpeople sites

The draft guidance will "update the current planning guidance on Gypsies, Travellers and travelling showpeople; address how data from local authority Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessments should inform the allocation of Gypsy and Traveller sites in local development plans; address how regional working could be of use in determining local authority provision for Gypsy and Traveller sites."

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill and its implications for Wales

The External Affairs and Additional Legislation sought the views of stakeholders on the UK Government's White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill and its implications for Wales. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Green Paper – Building our Industrial Strategy

This is a UK wide consultation setting out an approach and early action towards an industrial strategy that addresses long-term challenges to the UK economy. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Reforming Local Government: Resilient and Renewed

This consultation seeks views on proposals which set out arrangements for regional working, strengthen the role of councils and councillors, provide the framework for future voluntary mergers, detail the role of community councils and the reform to the electoral system for local government in Wales.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here along with our briefing paper.

National Development Framework (NDF)

The NDF will be a national land use development plan and will replace the existing Wales Spatial Plan. It will set out the 20 year spatial framework for land use in Wales, providing a context for the provision of new infrastructure and growth and setting out how the Government's land use objectives will be taken forward at the national, regional and local levels.  Welsh Government has undertaken a Call for Evidence and Projects. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here along with our NDF breifing paper

Rail Franchise & the Metro

National Assembly for Wales Inquiry. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Changes to Environmental Assessment Regulations

A joint consultation with DEFRA, the Scottish Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) of the Northern Ireland Executive.   Views were sought on the proposed changes to regulations following the amendment of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (2011/92/EU) in 2014.  The consultation included amendments to domestic legislation on environmental impact assessment (EIA) for forestry, water resources, land drainage, fin-fish farming in marine waters and marine works. 

The RTPI response can be downloaded here.  This response covers UK issues.

UK National Infrastructure Commission

This call for evidence sought views on the development of a National Infrastructure Assessment of the UK's long-term needs over a 30-year time horizon.

The RTPI response can be downloaded here.  This response covers UK issues.

Cardiff Transport Strategy

In response to this consutlation RTPI Cymru made brief comments on the relationship with the Cardiff Region SDP and on the interface between land use and transport planning.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Natural Resources Policy development

Welsh Government consulted on proposals for a national natural resources policy, which included; accelerating green growth by increasing resource efficiency, renewable energy and supporting innovation; delivering nature-based solutions to improve resilience and the benefits derived from natural resources; improving community and individual well-being by taking a place- and landscape-based approach. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Welsh Transport Appraisal Guidance 2017

WelTAG 2017 provides guidance for the development, appraisal and evaluation of transport related projects.  This consultation proposed changes which will; reflect best practice in transport appraisal, combine WelTAG and the Five Cases Business Model so that decisions on transport investment consider the full business case for the intervention and incorporate the objectives of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Regulations required by the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and guidance

Views were sought on secondary legislation and guidance to complement the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

National Infrastructure Commission for Wales

This consultation considered proposals to create a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales to provide independent and expert advice about infrastructure investment.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.


@RTPICymru : Thank you to everyone who came to the 2017 RTPI Cymru Annual Dinner last night. We raised £835 for @BBCCiN 18/11/2017 - 09:08

@RTPICymru : Congratulations to @CarmsCouncil for Caeau Mynydd Mawr SPG and Marsh Fritillary Project - Highly Commended at Wales Planning Award 17/11/2017 - 10:01

@RTPICymru : Congratulations to @AHRglobal @RhylHigh Winners of Wales Planning Award 2017 for Rhyl High School 17/11/2017 - 10:01