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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 - 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"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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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 »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes 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
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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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 »
Background and principles
The Legislative Statement 2011-16 includes a commitment to consolidate existing planning legislation to make it more transparent and accessible.
The Welsh Government has active work in progress to reform the planning system in Wales. Since devolution, we have put in place up-to-date national planning policies. These policies are appropriate to the needs of Wales, reflecting our commitment to deliver sustainable development, economic renewal and affordable homes.
To assist delivery at the local level a new local development plan system has been introduced. Work is also underway to improve the planning application process.
The institutional arrangements for delivery of the planning system have remained largely unaltered since 1947. The Welsh Government is responsible for the framework within which the planning system operates, comprising primary and secondary legislation. It is also responsible for producing national planning policy and guidance, whilst under the 2004 Planning Act the Welsh Government prepares the Wales Spatial Plan.
The Welsh Government also retains reserve powers to intervene in the production of local development plans, the determination of planning applications and undertakes an adjudication role, principally through the Planning Inspectorate Wales, whereby developers may appeal against a local planning authority’s refusal to grant planning consent.
Local planning authorities, comprising 22 unitary authorities and 3 national parks, are responsible for delivery of the planning system locally. Their main responsibilities include the preparation of local development plans and operation of the development management system – determining planning applications and planning enforcement. Other key contributors to the planning system include town and community councils and statutory consultees.
Whilst the institutional arrangements for delivery of the planning system have remained largely unaltered since 1947 the system is required to deliver an increasingly diverse range of policy objectives that may be in conflict, or, raise complex technical issues.
Planning system inquiry
The previous Sustainability Committee of the National Assembly undertook an Inquiry into the Planning System in Wales during 2010/11. The Committee received evidence of the pressures faced by local planning officers in delivering on the ever increasing demands put on them. These demands include the requirement for greater and greater levels of technical expertise.
The Simpson Review Local, Regional, National: What services are best delivered where? has given initial consideration of future roles and responsibilities in the planning system. Work is also underway to review the delivery of planning services in statutory landscape designations (National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
Legislative Statement 2011-16
The Legislative Statement 2011-16 includes a commitment to consolidate existing planning legislation to make it more transparent and accessible. The Planning Bill will also provide an opportunity to reconsider roles and responsibilities. This will help to ensure that we have a planning system that can deliver the outcomes that Wales requires. A White Paper setting out our proposals will be published during 2013. This will be followed by the introduction of a Planning Bill during the 2015/16 Assembly session.
Sustainable Development is the central organising principle for the Welsh Government. A plan led approach to development management is essential to ensuring that new development is sustainable. Decisions on individual developments should be in accordance with the plan where it is up to date. Where there is no plan or plan is time expired decisions should be made in accordance with national planning policy.