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Planning Enforcement in Wales

RTPI Cymru, POSW, NAPE and The Planning Inspectorate joined together to deliver a seminar to discuss planning enforcement in Wales. The event was held on 7 July at Powys County Hall in Llandrindod Wells and was well attended by over 70 delegates.

The morning's presentations focused on the importance of the enforcement service - being a third and equal arm to the mainstream planning service, along with development control / management and policy. Michael Lloyd Hughes ably demonstrated the need for enforcement, alongside an excellent advert for membership of NAPE - the National Association for Planning Enforcement.

Ian Davies set out the main findings of an all-Wales benchmarking survey conducted by the City and County of Swansea during 2009. Rob Thomas then raised issues to consider during the current climate of austerity in relation to enforcement to prompt a discussion.

The afternoon session turned to hearing about recent appeals and case law. Tim Morgan from the Planning Inspectorate, discussed recent appeals and focussed on the practicalities of drafting notices and 'getting it right'. Tim highlighted procedural guidance produced by PINS for England, as a useful source of informal advice on the matters that needed to be looked at when considering whether appeals should proceed by written reps, hearing or Inquiry procedure. The Wales' PINS website also includes guidance on making an Enforcement Appeal. Morag Ellis QC the provided an overview of recent case law.

Delegates' attention was drawn to research areas on planning enforcement which the School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University are looking to undertake. A letter was circulated inviting interested persons to register interest in the projects.

Follow the link to find out more about NAPE and how to join.

RTPI Cymru would like to thank all of the speakers for their excellent presentations, the support provided by POSW and Powys County Council for hosting the event.