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Welsh Government Planning Consultations

There are currently three planning consultations out. The middle consultation on the list below may be of particular interest to civic societies as it includes changes to Design and Access Statements.

1 Secondary legislation for development management
A number of the proposals directly relate to the new development management provisions in the Bill, whereas other proposals promote the wider principle to make the planning system more effective and efficient.

The Welsh Government are proposing to introduce new provisions in relation to:

Invalid applications: notices and appeals;
Decision notices;
Notification of development;
Consultations in respect of certain applications for approval;
Appeals against a notice issued in respect of unsightly land
Post-submission amendments, and
Changes to applications made under section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The consultation closes on September 11th 2015

Send responses to:

EMAIL

planconsultations-i@wales.gsi.gov.uk

POST

Secondary Legislation for Development Management
Development Management Branch
Planning Directorate
Welsh Government
Cathays Park, Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

2 Further secondary legislation for development management

This covers three orders.

Statutory consultees

Proposed amendments to the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012 to update the consultation thresholds for statutory consultees. The Welsh Government are also proposing the thresholds for water and sewerage undertakers who are being made statutory consultees.

Design and access statements

Proposed amendments to the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012 in relation to Design and Access Statements (DAS) to make them mandatory in only certain circumstances. The Welsh Government are also proposing to relax the specific content requirements of DAS.

Houses in multiple occupation

Proposed  amendments to  the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 to create a new use class for small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and related amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. The aim of this proposal is to allow local authorities the opportunity to consider the impacts of small HMOs on the local area through the submission of a planning application.

Consultation closes: 26th October 2015. 

Send responses to:

EMAIL

planconsultations-b@wales.gsi.gov.uk

POST

Consultation on proposed amendments to secondary legislation covering: Statutory Consultees/DAS/HMOs
Development Management Branch
Planning Directorate
Welsh Government
Cathays Park, Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

3 Proposals relating to Strategic Planning Panels Regulations: Composition and Financial matters

The Planning (Wales) Act 2015 introduces Strategic Development Plans which are to be produced by Strategic Planning Panels. A Strategic Planning Panel is to be a public body within Wales and only has one function – plan making. It will have corporate body status and will be formed of both local planning authority members and nominated members from social, economic and environmental groups.

These proposals include:

Composition

  • a duty to achieve a minimum proportion of female and male members on the panels
  • co-ordination of appointments to the panels by local planning authorities
  • measures around exceptions and failure to comply with the duty.

Financial matters

  • financial matters including defining qualifying expenditure

The consultation closes on: November 2nd 2015

To submit your response:

EMAIL

planconsultations-a@wales.gsi.gov.uk

POST

Strategic planning consultation
Development Plans Branch
Planning Directorate
Welsh Government
Cathays Park, Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

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