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Welsh Government sets up review panel to assess planning reforms

A major review of how planning services in Wales should be delivered in the future has been announced by Welsh Environment and Sustainable Development Minister John Griffiths.

The review will be conducted by an independent advisory group under the chairmanship of John Davies, former Welsh director of the Planning Inspectorate.

An announcement on the other members of the group will be made shortly and a call for evidence will be issued this month.

The review will identify the key policy objectives that the planning system should be required to deliver now and in the future.

It will look at existing institutional delivery arrangements, noting areas of good practice and areas in need of improvement; and propose options for the future delivery of the planning system, including plan making and development management services.

The group’s recommendations will form part of the evidence base for the Welsh Government’s proposed new planning bill which will follow publication of a planning White Paper during 2013 which will inform legislation due to be introduced into the Assembly at a later date.

The independent advisory group will deliver its report by June 2012 and make recommendations about:

  • options for future delivery of the planning system, including a preferred approach
  • the primary and secondary legislation and policy and guidance necessary to introduce the identified options and preferred approach
  • an assessment, on an all Wales basis, of the resources necessary, in terms of staff numbers and costs, to deliver the identified options and preferred approach.

The delivery arrangements for the Welsh planning system have remained largely unaltered since 1947.

Read the Welsh Government news release.

 

Roger Milne

6 October 2011