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Environment minister Sue Essex has announced proposals for a fairer, clearer and faster planning system for all. ...
Environment minister Sue Essex has announced proposals for a fairer, clearer and faster planning system for all.

'Planning: delivering For Wales' is the Welsh assembly government's drive to make the planning system fit for the future. It encourages communities and businesses to play a proactive role from the outset in plan preparation and decision making, and speeds up the process. It offers a system in which everyone can have confidence, and one which can cope with the needs of this and future generations.

Launching the consultation, Ms Essex said 'Planning is a key component in delivering sustainable development and economic regeneration in Wales, and the new system needs to be easier to understand, and able to deliver quicker decisions for people and businesses. We want to continue to work with local government and everyone else who has an interest in the future of Wales to make the changes we need to update the planning system.

'Planning: delivering for Wales' offers the biggest change in the planning system in the past 50 years. It aims to secure a planning system which will deliver the high quality development needed to secure wealth, improve health, enhance quality of life, and protect the environment for everyone in Wales.

'I want to encourage everyone to respond to 'Planning: delivering for Wales' by 29th April 2002. We all want a better Wales and the views we receive will play a vital part in shaping the future of the planning system to help us achieve that.'


The bilingual document 'Planning: delivering for Wales' is published today and is available from Planning 6, Planning Division, National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF1 3NQ, and onlineunder 'Current Consultations'.

The role of planning obligations will be reviewed under a DTLR consultation paper issued in December, entitled 'Planning Obligations: Delivering a Fundamental Change'. Planning obligations are intended to ensure that developers contribute to necessary local community facilities such as improved road junctions and affordable housing. The paper has been issued to interested bodies in Wales, with a covering letter by Sue Essex putting the proposals in the context of Wales' needs for sustainable development and growth for business and communities. This consultation paper is available from Hawen Jones, Planning 2a, National Assembly for Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ, or at the web address above. Comments are invited by 29 April.

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