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Written Statement - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written - Housing in rural areas
I am announcing on Monday 7 July, further planning policy initiatives to help us to deliver our One Wales commitments about affordable housing. The document to be published on Monday is intended to improve the sustainability of rural communities. We have been able to incorporate the affordable housing planning issues raised by the recent Joseph Rowntree Report and the Essex Report.
The key changes in the consultation document propose:
That any legitimate rural enterprise, not just the farming and forestry industries, could apply to build a dwelling in the countryside for the owner’s use provided the business need for it can be demonstrated. Research has indicated that there are accommodation difficulties for rural workers and we need to widen the scope of what are known as “essential dwellings” to all types of rural enterprises. Also any rural worker in an established rural enterprise could apply for a new dwelling if there were a business need for the worker to live at or close to their workplace rather than in a nearby settlement. The new dwellings would be classified as affordable housing.
Support for new entrants to farming by allowing a second dwelling within the farm complex or adjacent to the farm access to facilitate the succession of a farm business. This enables an existing farmer progressively handing over responsibility for the farm management to have a home. The new dwelling will be classified as affordable housing. Lack of suitable accommodation could be hindering succession.
Existing farm holding – additional dwelling
A second dwelling (classified as affordable housing) could be provided where the existing occupier of the farm house works full-time on the farm and the applicant for the new dwelling has a functional need to work part-time on the holding - we are suggesting 20 hours a week averaged over the year.
General market housing- affordable housing contributions
All general market housing including single dwellings and conversions should contribute to affordable housing. We are proposing that the commuted sums generated will be held by the local authority and used to provide affordable housing directly or help its provision by employing a rural housing enabler for example or contributing to a community land trust.
Housing within small groups or cluster sites in the open countryside
Housing plots within or adjacent to small housing clusters that become available should be limited to people in need of affordable housing and who work in the local community.
Affordable Housing exception sites
At the moment we have rural exception sites, within or adjoining rural settlements, that are not in the development plan to be used for affordable housing only. We are taking forward the Essex Report recommendation and asking whether this policy could be taken up for all communities in Wales not just in rural areas.
Low Impact Development
LID is development that through its low negative impact either enhances or does not significantly diminish environmental quality. Scheme members typically live and work on the same site and aim for self sufficiency for their livelihood with energy, water use, drainage, sewage and waste disposal provided on site. We are suggesting that local planning authorities might consider policies or identify suitable sites for such schemes.
The consultation will start during the week of 7th July and will run until 10 October 2008. Following consultation, the revised policies we intend to take forward will be consulted upon in a draft Ministerial Interim Planning Policy Statement. Technical changes to planning guidance will be incorporated in draft revised versions of Technical Advice Note 6 “Agricultural and Rural Development” and Technical Advice Note 2 “Planning and Affordable Housing.