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Planning (Wales) Act

On 6 July 2015 the Planning (Wales) Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act. 

Below is a record of RTPI Cymru's work in preparation to respond to the many consutlations linked to the Bill.

RTPI Cymru's work in preparation to respond to the consultation on the draft Bill and accompanying package.

RTPI Cymru welcomes passage of the Bill.

The Welsh Government introduced the Planning (Wales) Bill to the National Assembly on Monday 6th October 2014. This was an exciting time for planning in Wales in the development of the evidence base which the Welsh Government has used to develop its proposals, including commenting on the Positive Planning consultation in 2014. We issued a press notice about this.

RTPI Cymru developed positions regarding key areas included within the Bill and these, along with our response to the Positive Planning consultation (February 2014) are available from our page on background work.

Stage 1

RTPI Cymru response to the National Assembly for Wales Environment and Sustainability Committee inquiry into the general principles of the Planning (Wales) Bill.

The Environment and Sustainability Committee Report on Stage 1 of the Planning (Wales) Bill was published on the 30 January 2015. The Environment and Sustainability Committee Report contained 42 recommendations, many of which were along the lines of the evidence provided by RTPI Cymru. There was also a Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee Report on the Planning (Wales) Bill. 

RTPI Cymru produced a response to the Environment & Sustainability Committee Report on Stage 1 (Briefing Note2). On 11th February the Bill passed through Stage One.

Stage 2

A range of amendments were introduced during Stage 2 and these can be viewed on the Assembly's Bill webpages. RTPI Cymru's responsed to some of the main amendments in our Briefing No. 3.

Stage 3

Stage 3 began on the 27 March 2015.  Amendments were discussed at Plenary on 5 May.  RTPI Cymru's response to these tabled amendments is in our Briefing 4 on the Bill. 

Stage 4

The National Assembly for Wales debated and agreed the Planning (Wales) Bill at Stage 4 on the 19 May 2015.  Subject to Royal Assent it will become law.

RTPI Cymru welcomed the bill - "We have put in a lot of work to help shape and influence the legislation. We will now actively engage in responding to secondary legislation which will be where the detail lies. 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." More detail is available on the Assembly webpage.

Engagement with Members

RTPI Cymru organised two events in January 2014 in Llandudno and Swansea, in conjunction with other professional bodies, to engage with our members and encourage discussion around the Positive Planning consultation to inform responses. We continued this discussion at our Spring Conference in March 2014 in Llandudno.

During November 2014 we held three Discussion workshops (Carmarthen, Llandudno and Cardiff) to discuss some of the Welsh Government consultations which are accompanying the Bill.