Planning Policy Wales Edition 8 was published this week, incorporating a number of legislative changes and additions that occurred last year.
The main changes include:
- The Well-being of Future Generations Act (which sets out fundamental objectives for the public sector), is now integrated into Welsh Planning Policy;
- Welsh Language as a material consideration; and,
- LDP Regulations update 2015.
Chapter 4 Planning for Sustainability now takes into account the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 that was signed into law in April 2015. The Act sets out seven Well-being goals that public bodies must work towards, as a result PPW 8 lists existing planning policy objectives under the relevant Well-being Goals to ensure a clear link between planning and achieving well-being for the population. PPW now also contains the new definition of Sustainable Development as set out in the Well-being legislation.
Welsh language considerations have been amended within Chapter 4 to include the provisions of the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 which was enacted in July 2015. This Act includes that impacts on Welsh language may be a material consideration in any planning application, at the discretion of the decision maker. On this note the Welsh Government is also consulting on proposed revisions to Technical Advice Note (TAN) 20: Planning and the Welsh language this week.
Edition 8 contains Chapter 2 Local Development Plans, to reflect the recent changes to the LDP Regulations that are intended to make the LDP process more efficient by simplifying certain aspects of the process.
This update to planning policy is welcome giving clarification to the important relationship between the Well-being Act and planning, as well as reinforcing the significance of the welsh language and recent LDP process refinements.
A copy of PPW8 is available at download at; http://gov.wales/topics/planning/policy/ppw/?lang=en
by Wendy Maden