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RTPI Cymru submissions in 2012

Natural Resources Body for Wales

This was an additional consultation relating to the creation of the new body. There were two parts to this consultation:

the duties of the new body; andmore information on legal and working arrangements of the body.

RTPI Cymru's response is available here.

Building Regulations Part L Review

The Building Regulations control certain types of building work and ensure that buildings meet certain standards of health, safety, welfare, convenience and sustainability. In setting standards for building work the Building Regulations influence emission reductions in new buildings and existing buildings in Wales.

The Welsh Government want to improve the energy performance of buildings in Wales through the Building Regulations, to help Wales move towards zero carbon and near zero carbon energy buildings by 2020. This consultation contains proposals for:

Changes to Part L(Conservation of Fuel and Power) of the Building Regulations;Changes to the Approved Documents for Wales;A new template for the Approved Documents for Wales; andA discussion of future thinking as we move towards zero carbon.

RTPI Cymru's response is available here.

A White Paper for Better Lives and Communities

The Welsh Government has consulted on a White Paper which "sets out an ambitious programme of action for the remainder of this term of Government. It describes theirproposals for new legislation and other, nonlegislative, action. In summary, they will:

Increase the supply of new homes:

  • by 7,500 new affordable homes,
  • of which 500 will be co-operative homes and
  • 500 will be built on surplus public sector sites, and
  • by bringing 5,000 empty properties back into use.
  • Improve the quality of existing homes, including their energy efficiency, through the Welsh Housing Quality Standard and other mechanisms.
  • Do more to prevent homelessness, and
  • improve housing services to help people, particularly those who are vulnerable, to lead healthy, independent, lives.

RTPI Cymru's response to the consultation can be downloaded here.

Active Travel (Wales) Bill

The Welsh Government want to make walking and cycling the most natural and normal way of getting about. They want to do this so that more people can experience the health benefits; reduce our greenhouse gas emissions; and help address poverty and disadvantage. At the same time, help the economy to grow, and take steps to unlock sustainable economic growth. This can be done through more people walking and cycling, as it will reduce congestion, reduce the number of days lost through sickness and support the cycling and tourism industries in Wales.

RTPI Cymru's response to the proposals can be downloaded here.

Consultation on Proposals for a Sustainable Development Bill

The Welsh Government consulted on proposals to develop and strengthen their approach to sustainable development in Wales. This consultation will inform the development of the Sustainable Development Bill White Paper. (Planned launch autumn 2012). RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Inquiry into the Welsh Government's Historic Environment Policy by NAfW's Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee

The National Assembly for Wales' Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee is to undertake an inquiry into Welsh Government's historic environment policy. Details of the Inquiry can be found on the National Assembly for Wales' website.

RTPI Cymru's response to the Inquiry can be viewed here.

Sustaining a Living Wales: A Green Paper on a New Approach to Natural Resource Management in Wales

With this consultation the Welsh Government were seeking views on proposed changes to the governance and delivery of the management and regulation of the environment in Wales, based on the ecosystem approach. An ecosystem is all the living things, and how they interact, with each other and their environment. This work will inform future Welsh Bills.

Details of the consultation are available on the Welsh Government's website.

RTPI Cymru's response to the consultation can be viewed here.

Planning for Sustainability The Presumption in Favour of Sustainable Development

With this consultation the Welsh Government invited views on changes to national planning policy in Planning Policy Wales to strengthen and clarify the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Details of the consultation are available on the Welsh Government's website RTPI Cymru's response to the consultation can be viewed here.

City Regions Definition and Criteria

The City Regions Task and Finish group was set up by the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science. The Group invited views about the findings on the definition and criteria of City regions. The RTPI Cymru response can be downloaded here.

Natural Resources Wales Proposed Arrangements for Establishing and Directing a New Body for the Management of Wales Natural Resources

The Welsh Government invited views on the proposed arrangements for establishing and directing a new body forWales natural resources.

Details on the consultation can be downloaded from the Welsh Government website The RTPI Cymru response can be downloaded here.

Revision of Planning Policy Wales Chapter 7 Supporting the Economy

The Welsh Government are revising planning policy for economic development to make sure that it can deliver their aspirations for economic recovery in Wales. This work has been informed by a research report, Planning for Sustainable Economic Renewal by Roger Tym and Partners in association with Asbri Planning.

The RTPI Cymru response can be downloaded here

Meeting the Housing Challenge: Building a Consensus for Action

The Welsh Government invited views on housing issues to help prepare a new Housing Bill. RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Call for Evidence: Ensuring the Planning System Delivers

As part of the evidence base for the Planning Bill due in 2013, an independent advisory group has been set up to review and consider the options on how to deliver the planning system in the future. The Group's report was submitted in June 2012 to the Minister, and is intended to form part of the evidence base for the Planning White Paper and Bill. It is expected that the evidence will be published in the autumn as a consultation.

The review looked at, and made recommendations about:

Options for future deliver of the planning system including a preferred approach;The legislation and policy guidance necessary to introduce the options and preferred approach;An assessment of the resources necessary to deliver the options and preferred approach this will include staff numbers and costs; andImprovements that can be implemented quickly and easily.

The details of the call for evidence can be found on the Welsh Government's website.

RTPI Cymru held a series of discussion workshops with RTPI members in Wales during December and the views expressed at these were used by the Policy and Research Forum to inform the evidence submitted by RTPI Cymru. RTPI Cymru's evidence can be downloaded here.

A Strategic Monitoring Framework for the Planning System: Measuring Progress Towards a Sustainable Wales

The Welsh Governments Sustainable Development Scheme One Wales: One Planet (2009) sets out their vision of a sustainable Wales. It identifies the planning system as one of four key themes that underpin their approach to delivering sustainable development in Wales. The consultation considered a strategic monitoring framework to measure the contribution the planning system makes to the vision of a sustainable Wales. The details of the consultation can be found on the Welsh Government's website. RTPI Cymru's response to the consultation is available to download.