As part its Planning; Delivering for Wales programme, the Welsh Assembly Government has a consultation on two draft statutory instruments.
Minister for environment, planning and countryside, Carwyn Jones, is keen to progress improvements to the planning system in Wales following consultation on the principles of the local development plan regulations last year.
The target date for the new development plan provisions for Wales to be brought into force is autumn 2005 and is dependent upon the Assembly's legislative procedures.
A minimal commencement order is also currently being prepared following the Minister's agreement that local planning authorities be permitted to cease preparation of their unitary development plan and move to preparation of a local development plan following agreement with the Assembly Government.
Nine local planning authorities have requested early commencement, namely Caerphilly CBC, City & County of Cardiff, Conwy CBC, Denbighshire CC, Merthyr Tydfil CBC, Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC, Snowdonia National Park Authority, Torfaen CBC and Wrexham CBC. This Order is targeted for coming into force in late April 2005 and is also dependent upon the assembly's legislative procedures.
The Consultation Document can be viewed on the Assembly website at http:www.wales.gov.uk/subiplanning/index.htm
The closing date for responses is 9 May 2005.