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Welsh planners election call: Create new ‘cabinet minister for places.’

01 April 2016

Peter LThe new Welsh Government should establish a cabinet position for ‘places’ to better coordinate policies to support cities, towns, villages and neighbourhoods.

This proposal is at the heart of a package of measures containing ten key priorities RTPI Cymru is asking the parties to endorse during the election campaign.

Developed after a consultation with members, the RTPI Cymru manifesto also includes a call to allow time to embed recent planning legislation – tailor-made for Wales – and to ensure planning authorities have the resources they need to deliver for their communities. In addition, the document seeks a commitment to ending the housing crisis within a generation.

Welsh Version Doc2Comment from the chair

RTPI Cymru Chair, Peter Lloyd (pictured) said:

“The Welsh planning system has earned considerable respect for its approach. A good planning system is essential to enable, and not hinder, sustainable economic growth, community well-being, and a healthy environment. The planning system in Wales should be valued to enable it to be one of the key tools for the Welsh Government to implement the Well-being of Future Generations Goals policy."

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Priorities

 

The ten ‘asks’ are:

  • Embed new legislation and make the plan-led system work;
  • Ensure the provision of a quality home for everyone in Wales who needs one;
  • Coordinate policy by focusing on places;
  • Support communities to shape the place they live;
  • Ensure that planning authorities have the resources they need;
  • Promote the quality and strength of town and city centres;
  • Set out a clear and integrated framework for energy;
  • Better integrate infrastructure and development;
  • Ensure that the natural environment is protected and enhanced;
  • Promote a more equitable and resilient economy.

Hustings

Get involved in the elections hustings event organised by the Regeneration Skills Collective Wales (RSCW), a network of six professional institutions CIH Cymru – housing professionals; ICE Wales Cymru – civil engineers; LIW – landscape architects; RICS Wales – surveyors; RSAW – architects; & RTPI Cymru – planners.

RTPI Cymru

RTPI Cymru promotes planning as a profession and builds links with other built environment professions and organisations throughout Wales. We also support dialogue on planning policy issues with many Welsh public bodies, industry representatives and within the media.

Nod RTPI Cymru yw hyrwyddor proffesiwn cynllunio a meithrin cysylltiadau gyda sefydliadau a phroffesiynau eraill yr amgylchedd adeiledig ledled Cymru. Rydym yn trafod materion syn ymwneud â pholisi cynllunio gydag amryfal gyrff cyhoeddus Cymru, cynrychiolwyr y diwydiant ar cyfryngau.

More information

The Welsh planning system has earned considerable respect for its approach. A good planning system is essential to enable, and not hinder, sustainable economic growth, community well-being, and a healthy environment.

Find out more about each of the 'asks' is available: to download ac yn y Gymraeg.

Find out more about RTPI Cymru.

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Read about the Homes for Wales campaign.