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Policy in Wales

The Institute in Wales responds to a range of consultations conducted by the Welsh Government, the National Assembly for Wales' Committees and other national bodies, and produces position papers on policy issues relevant to Wales, as well as considering UK proposals from a Wales' perspective.

The RTPI Cymru responses and policy work is the responsibility of its Policy and Research Forum, supported by the Director and Policy Officer.

Policy and Research Forum

The Policy and Research Forum is a sub-forum of the RTPI Cymru Management Board and leads on RTPI Cymru policy, practice and research activities. The Forum is formed for a three year period.   

Current policy consultations

RTPI Cymru is asked to comment on various consultations documents. Members' views on current consultations are always welcome and should be submitted by e-mail to the Policy Team, or by post to the RTPI Cymru Office.

The Forum is currently considering the following consultations, if you would like to provide comments for the Forum to consider please e-mail.  The deadline for responding to RTPI Cymru is given against each consultation, with a hyperlink to the consultation document.

Draft circular for the planning of Gypsy, Traveller and showpeople sites
The draft guidance will:

  • "update the current planning guidance on Gypsies, Travellers and travelling showpeople
  • address how data from local authority Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessments should inform the allocation of Gypsy and Traveller sites in local development plans
  • address how regional working could be of use in determining local authority provision for Gypsy and Traveller sites."

This consultation closes on the 22 May 2017.

Proposals to improve local bus services in Wales
Welsh Government are consulting on proposals to improve local bus services. These include:

  • improved arrangements for planning and delivering local bus services 
  • establishing service quality and infrastructure standards 
  • funding to support the Welsh bus industry
  • delivering an integrated transport system which improves accessibility and ticketing.

This consultation closes on the 31st May 2017.

Joint Inquiry on Air Quality
The terms of reference are UK wide.  This consultation closes on the 15 June 2017

Integrated sustainability appraisal scoping report for the National Development Framework
The scoping report is the first step of the draft integrated sustainability appraisal (ISA) for the NDF. This consultation will help steer the development of the ISA, and the NDF, from its early stages.  This consutlation closes on the 21 July 2017.

Recent Policy Responses


RTPI Cymru's response to consultations made during 2016 and 2017 can be found below; responses made in previous years can be found by following the links to the left.

White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill and its implications for Wales

The External Affairs and Additional Legislation sought the views of stakeholders on the UK Government's White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill and its implications for Wales. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Green Paper – Building our Industrial Strategy

This is a UK wide consultation setting out an approach and early action towards an industrial strategy that addresses long-term challenges to the UK economy. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Reforming Local Government: Resilient and Renewed

This consultation seeks views on proposals which set out arrangements for regional working, strengthen the role of councils and councillors, provide the framework for future voluntary mergers, detail the role of community councils and the reform to the electoral system for local government in Wales.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

National Development Framework (NDF)

The NDF will be a national land use development plan and will replace the existing Wales Spatial Plan. It will set out the 20 year spatial framework for land use in Wales, providing a context for the provision of new infrastructure and growth and setting out how the Government's land use objectives will be taken forward at the national, regional and local levels.  Welsh Government has undertaken a Call for Evidence and Projects. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Rail Franchise & the Metro

National Assembly for Wales Inquiry. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Changes to Environmental Assessment Regulations

A joint consultation with DEFRA, the Scottish Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) of the Northern Ireland Executive.   Views were sought on the proposed changes to regulations following the amendment of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (2011/92/EU) in 2014.  The consultation included amendments to domestic legislation on environmental impact assessment (EIA) for forestry, water resources, land drainage, fin-fish farming in marine waters and marine works. 

The RTPI response can be downloaded here.  This response covers UK issues.

UK National Infrastructure Commission

This call for evidence sought views on the development of a National Infrastructure Assessment of the UK's long-term needs over a 30-year time horizon.

The RTPI response can be downloaded here.  This response covers UK issues.

Cardiff Transport Strategy

In response to this consutlation RTPI Cymru made brief comments on the relationship with the Cardiff Region SDP and on the interface between land use and transport planning.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Natural Resources Policy development

Welsh Government consulted on proposals for a national natural resources policy, which included; accelerating green growth by increasing resource efficiency, renewable energy and supporting innovation; delivering nature-based solutions to improve resilience and the benefits derived from natural resources; improving community and individual well-being by taking a place- and landscape-based approach. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Welsh Transport Appraisal Guidance 2017

WelTAG 2017 provides guidance for the development, appraisal and evaluation of transport related projects.  This consultation proposed changes which will; reflect best practice in transport appraisal, combine WelTAG and the Five Cases Business Model so that decisions on transport investment consider the full business case for the intervention and incorporate the objectives of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Regulations required by the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and guidance

Views were sought on secondary legislation and guidance to complement the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

National Infrastructure Commission for Wales

This consultation considered proposals to create a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales to provide independent and expert advice about infrastructure investment.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.


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