Senior planning officers in Wales have welcomed a report outlining how adaptation rather than wholesale change is required if the planning system in Wales is to improve and meet future demand.
Published by a Welsh Government advisory group, the ‘Towards a Welsh Planning Act: Ensuring the System Delivers’ report summarises that the planning system in Wales is basically sound and not in need of wholesale reform.
As part of the development work for a new Planning Bill expected in late 2013, the report has been welcomed by the planning authorities in Wales who are responsible for balancing the often complex relationship between sustainable and economic development.
In responding to the report, a spokesperson for the Planning Officers Society for Wales (POSW) commented:
"As representatives of planning authorities across Wales, we welcome the comprehensive report produced by the Welsh Government’s Independent Advisory Group into the future delivery of planning within Wales.
“The Society recognises the Advisory Group’s conclusion that the planning system in Wales is complex, and looks forward to continued and positive dialogue with the Welsh Government on how the key recommendations of the report can be implemented.
“Planning authorities in Wales play a crucial role in both local and national development, protecting our nation’s resources while enabling development and economic recovery. This is a complex task and the current review offers a number of recommendations that will help to create an improved, consistent and transparent planning system for Wales.”
For further information contact Vicki Hirst, Secretary of POSW on email@example.com or 0845 345 7275