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Future Generations

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act
(formerly known as the Sustainable Development Bill and Future Generations Bill)

The Act will place a duty on the Welsh Government and public bodies in Wales to embed sustainable development principles within their strategic decision making.

The working title for this Act has been revised a number of times.

A consultation document setting out the proposals to develop and strengthen the approach to sustainable development in Wales was launched in May 2012. RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

In addition, the Welsh Government consulted on establishing a Single Environmental Body in Wales.  RTPI Cymru's response can be seen here.

A single body was created - Natural Resources Wales, bringing together the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission for Wales together as one organisation. Prior to the creation of this single body a  consultation was launched in August 2012 giving more details on the new Natural Resources Body for Wales. The RTPI Cymru response to this consultation can be viewed here.

The Bill, was laid on the 7th July 2014 and started its legislative journey through the National Assembly. RTPI Cymru responded to the Well being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill in September 2014.  The Bill received Royal Assent on the 29th April 2015.  Further information on the Act can be viewed here, including information on the The link between the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill, the Planning (Wales) Bill and the Environment (Wales) Bill