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RTPI Cymru submissions in 2015

A framework for managing the night time economy in Wales

This framework aims to help develop local plans and strategies to address drug and alcohol- related crime and disorder and antisocial behaviour in towns and cities.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

National Retail Planning Policy and Guidance

Welsh Government consulted on changes to national retail planning policy and guidance.  The aim of the review is to update planning policy and guidance so that it is in line with the Welsh Government objective to enhance the vitality, attractiveness and viability of established centres.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Draft Directions to the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission Wales

This consultation sought views on the detail of the Draft Directions, including thoughts on council size and the ratio of electors for each elected member.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Consultation on the draft statutory guidance to public bodies on the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

Views were sought on the guidance that will be used to explain how the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 will affect public bodies subject to its provisions.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Further secondary legislation for development management

This consultation focused on Statutory Consultees, Design and Access Statements and HMOs.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Proposals relating to Strategic Planning Panels Regulations: Composition and Financial matters

The Planning (Wales) Act 2015 introduces Strategic Development Plans which are to be produced by Strategic Planning Panels.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Secondary Legislation for Development Management

Sought views on the proposals for some of the secondary legislation which would be introduced once the Planning (Wales) Bill receives Royal Assent.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

A Smarter Energy Future for Wales?

The Environment and Sustainability Committee undertook an inquiry into 'A Smarter Energy Future for Wales?'.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

The development of an energy efficiency strategy for Wales

This consultation gave the opportunity to shape the final strategy.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Developments of National Significance ("DNS")

This consultation sought views on proposals to establish a new system for the Welsh Ministers to process 'Developments of National Significance' ("DNS"), a new category of planning application. The consultation seeks views on:

  • "The thresholds and criteria of what qualifies as an application for DNS;
  • Which secondary consents may be submitted for consideration and determination alongside an application for DNS;
  • Our proposals as to how pre-application notification, advice and consultation is undertaken;
  • The procedure for considering and determining an application for DNS;
  • Our proposed fee structure for DNS applications; and
  • The role of local planning authorities throughout the process."

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here

Environment (Wales) Bill

The Environment and Sustainability Committee undertook an inquiry into the general principles of the Environment (Wales) Bill. RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here

Proposed changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations and Local Development Orders

The consultation proposed raising the screening thresholds for Schedule 2 "urban development projects" and "industrial estate projects", measures to respond to recent case law and implement the Geological Storage Directive, amendments to legislation associated with Local Development Orders (LDOs) in order to allow local planning authorities (LPAs) to make LDOs for Schedule 2 EIA development and specific provision in the EIA Regulations for discontinuance and modification orders. RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Historic Environment (Wales) Bill

The Committee considered the general principles of the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill and the need for legislation with the aim of giving more effective protection to listed buildings and scheduled monuments; enhancing existing mechanisms for the sustainable management of the historic environment; introducing greater transparency and accountability into decisions taken on the historic environment. RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

The Review of Designated Landscapes in Wales Stage 2

Stage 2 of the review considers the governance arrangements of designated landscapes. RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper - Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People

The white paper set out proposals for reform in the following fields: local democracy, the roles and remuneration of elected members and senior officers, community governance and community councils, community rights, corporate improvement, service performance, scrutiny, audit, inspection and regulation, and local government finance. RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Interim non-statutory standards for sustainable drainage (SuDS) in Wales – designing, constructing, operating and maintaining surface water drainage systems

This consultation aimed to enable designers, property developers, local authorities and other interested parties to both demonstrate that they have taken account of the Welsh Government's planning advice on Development and Flood Risk and to pilot the standards. RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Wales) Regulations 2015

Sought views on proposals to transpose the land use planning elements of the Seveso III Directive into Welsh planning legislation. RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

The National Assembly for Wales Environment and Sustainability Committee - NRW

The Committee sought views on Natural Resources Wales to inform the annual scrutiny session on 6 May 2015. RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Draft National Transport Plan 2015

The Wales Transport Strategy was published in 2010 and is a statutory strategy required by the Transport (Wales) Act 2006. The Wales Transport Strategy sets the policy framework for transport in Wales and the outcomes that transport interventions should contribute to. The National Transport Plan sits within the framework provided by the Strategy and sets out in more details how the policies and objectives in the Strategy will delivered.  RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Subordinate Legislation Relating to Certain Internal Operations (mezzanine floors)

The Welsh Government is proposing changes to the development management system. They are seeking your views on our proposal to require a planning application for additional internal floor space over 200 sq metres in retail developments.  RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Consultation on Planning and Related Decisions by Welsh Ministers

This consultation relates to a number of proposals including the introduction of a more efficient system for advertisement appeals in line with the Householder Appeal System and Commercial Appeal System; change how called in applications and appeals by statutory undertakers are dealt with; introduce the ability for an appeal against non-determination to be returned to the local planning authority for a decision within a prescribed timescale; transfer authority for the determination of certain appeals from the Welsh Ministers to the Planning Inspectorate. The consultation can be found on the Welsh Government's website and RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

White Paper - Public Services Staff Commission

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

This consultation is separate to the ongoing Planning (Wales) Bill and does not cover primary legislative matters.