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RTPI response to Agriculture (Wales) Bill March

The farming industry is not only central to our long-term food security, but also the sustainability of food production and consequently people’s health.  The industry also has a central role to play in the management of our much loved landscapes, in managing flood risk, in safeguarding and enhancing biodiversity, and in the cohesion of rural communities.  The planners’ role and the planning system is equally critical in these and many other areas.  Major issues such as the protection of the best agricultural land, agri diversification, drainage schemes, flood risk management infrastructure, rural energy proposals, farm dwellings, agricultural buildings etc. are addressed by planning policies and are subject to planning consent.

The full response can be viewed here

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