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Carl Sargeant AM
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Carl Sargeant was born in St. Asaph, North Wales. He is married, has two children and has lived in Connah’s Quay all his life.

Previously employed by a leading manufacturing company in North Wales he has trained as a Quality and Environmental Auditor and also as an industrial fire-fighter.

With football a family interest, Carl has many connections with local teams and enjoys watching Newcastle United.

He was a local Town Councillor and represented the Community and Council as Chairman in 2001.  He was also Vice-Chairman of the Recreation and Entertainment Committee.

He also had Chairman Responsibilities for Planning within the Town. Carl has many interests within the Community and served as a Governor at Deeside College of Further Education and Ysgol Bryn Deva Primary.

He was first elected in the National Assembly for Wales election of 2003. He has sat on the Enterprise, Innovation and Networks subject committee and was a member of the Railway, Infrastructure and Passenger Committee. He was also a member of the Assembly’s Audit Committee.

In 2007, Carl was re-elected to the National Assembly for Wales and was appointed as Labour Chief Whip and Deputy Business Manager for the Welsh Assembly Government. In December 2009, Carl was appointed as Minister for Social Justice and Local Government. Following re-election to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011, Carl Sargeant was appointed Minister for Local Government and Communities and in March 2013 was appointed Minister for Housing and Regeneration.  In September 2014, he was appointed Minister for Natural Resources.

His interests are Aerospace Technology and Community Safety.


The Minister for Natural Resources is responsible for:

  • Cross-cutting responsibility for Sustainable Development, including the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill;
  • All activities of Natural Resources Wales;
  • Cross-cutting measures of mitigation and adaptation in relation to climate change, including land drainage; flood prevention; coastal protection; and control of marine and air pollution (except vehicle emissions)’;
  • National strategy and policy for water, including: the control of water quality and the safeguarding of water resources in Wales; the oversight of the Dŵr Cymru and Dee Valley water companies and reservoirs; 
  • Sustainable resource and waste management in Wales;
  • Energy policy, including small-medium scale energy production, domestic energy, energy efficiency and the reduction of fuel poverty;
  • All aspects of planning policy, including the issue of statutory guidance to Local Authorities, and the determination of planning disputes and appeals;
  • Planning gain – Section 106 Agreements and Community Infrastructure Levy contained in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and Planning Act 2008 respectively;
  • Building Regulations (The exemption of certain classes of building from Building Regulations, and the determination of appeals on matters relating to them);
  • Access to the countryside, coast and rights of way;
  • National Parks;
  • Inland, coastal and sea fisheries: policy regulation and enforcement, including Common Fisheries Policy and the management of fishery harbours;
  • Marine, terrestrial and fresh water planning, biodiversity and conservation;
  • Wales Spatial Plan;
  • Strategic lead on allotments.

Writing to Ministers

Contact Carl Sargeant by email at: correspondence.carl.sargeant@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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