The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 created the framework for a consistent mechanism for regional collaboration between local government, namely Corporate Joint Committees (CJCs). The Act provides for the establishment of CJCs through Regulations. Regulations creating four CJCs in Wales were made on 17 March 2021 and the following CJCs were established on 1 April 2021:
- The North Wales Corporate Joint Committee Regulations 2021
- The Mid Wales Corporate Joint Committee Regulations 2021
- The South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee Regulations 2021
- The South West Wales Corporate Joint Committee Regulations 2021
The four CJCs will exercise functions relating to strategic development planning and regional transport planning. They will also be able to do things to promote the economic well-being of their areas.
Welsh Government have now consulted on the draft regulations which will impact how CJCs operate. RTPI Cymru's response to this consultation can be read here.