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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
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 »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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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 - Planning for Renewable Energy
The One Wales agreement recognises that Wales is an energy rich country and seeks to ensure that we adapt to the changing energy production in a sustainable way. In order to promote these principles, One Wales seeks to promote the development of renewable energy projects and commits the Welsh Assembly Government to revising upwards the targets for energy from renewables drawn from a range of sources.
The planning system in Wales is a devolved responsibility of the Assembly Government, but is only responsible for determining projects up to 50MW. Above this threshold decisions are currently the responsibility of the UK Government. There are consequently a significant number of large renewable energy projects being proposed in Wales which are determined outside our planning system. The One Wales Government is committed to encouraging further renewable energy development by increasing Welsh Assembly Government targets for a range of technologies and ensuring that the planning system is an effective vehicle for the delivery of these projects.
In March this year we published our Low Carbon Energy Policy Statement which establishes a positive framework for energy policy in Wales. This identifies the potential outputs of a range of renewable energy technologies which deliver our One Wales commitment to revise upwards the targets for a variety of renewable energy sources. The challenge we now face is to try to ensure that the planning system is capable of helping to deliver these aspirations in an efficient and rational way.
The current Welsh Assembly Government planning policy for renewable energy was published in 2005 and is comprised of a Ministerial Interim Policy Statement 2005/01 and Technical Advice Note (TAN) 8. Our planning policy seeks to facilitate all forms of renewable energy technologies but is most closely associated with the advice in respect of large scale onshore wind development. TAN 8 identifies 7 Strategic Search Areas in order to allow for the optimisation of the wind resources and economies of scale, whilst at the same time protecting most of upland Wales. This government is proposing no change to the SSAs as I recognise that many schemes are at various stages in the consent regimes now operating in Wales. A stable and consistent approach to the TAN 8 Strategic Search Areas is vital to deliver such projects.
The One Wales commitment to deliver on revising targets for renewable energy needs to reflect newer information about the full range of renewables and green job opportunities that are available 5 years on. This will be dealt with through a twin track approach: firstly by updating the planning policy for renewable energy. As a consequence, over the summer we will be issuing new draft planning policy on renewable energy for public consultation, with the intention of updating the appropriate chapter of Planning Policy Wales. Following the public consultation we hope to put in place the final version of the updated policy by the end of the year. TAN 8 will be amended as appropriate subsequently.
The second work stream we will be taking forward relates to the planning application process. Informed by the recent GVA Grimley Report on the system in Wales, the Assembly Government will be tackling a number of procedural issues. We need to ensure that the planning system supports the Assembly Government’s priorities, including economic recovery and low carbon/ renewable energy.