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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.

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.  This consultation closes on the 17th April 2017.

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.  This consultation closes on the 11 April 2017.

RTPI Cymru will be holding discussion events on this consultation.  Contact Georgina Roberts for more details georgina.roberts@rtpi.org.uk.

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The draft guidance will: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.

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.

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.

Air quality and noise management in Wales

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Call for evidence on the implications for Wales of Britain exiting the European Union

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Welsh Government consultation on proposed amendments to Environmental Impact Assessment for town and country planning

The Welsh Government issued a consultation paper that sets out proposals to amend the Environmental Impact Assessment process for town and country planning. The changes will transpose Directive 2014/52/EU (known as the 2014 EIA Directive). Making specific provision in the EIA Regulations for consents under Section 141 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 - Action by Welsh Ministers in relation to a purchase notice.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Establishment of a Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee

The Environment Act 2016 granted Welsh Ministers the power to make regulations to abolish the current Flood Risk Management Wales (FRMW) Committee and establish a new Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Law Commission: Development Management Review

"This project forms part of the Law Commission's 12th programme of law reform and is conducted at the request of the Welsh Government. Its aim is to make recommendations about the scope and content of the first part of a planning code for Wales.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Welsh Language Strategy consultation

A new strategy for the Welsh language that will follow on from the current strategy - A living language: a language for living 2012-2017. The new strategy will come into force from April 2017.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Appeals, Costs and Standard Daily Amounts

This consultation considers updates to standard daily amounts charged by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Welsh Ministers and updated guidance for awards of costs. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Welsh Government Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Environmental Impact Assessment for Town and Country Planning

The Welsh Government has issued a consultation paper that sets out proposals to amend the Environmental Impact Assessment process for town and country planning. The changes will transpose Directive 2014/52/EU (known as the 2014 EIA Directive). Making specific provision in the EIA Regulations for consents under Section 141 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 - Action by Welsh Ministers in relation to a purchase notice.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Planning Policy Wales Questionnaire

The Welsh Government consulted on the restructuring of Planning Policy Wales so it fully considers and promotes the well-being goals set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Proposals for secondary legislation to support the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and draft guidance and Proposed Technical Advice Note (TAN) 24: The Historic Environment

These consutlations were intended to complement the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 in improving the protection and sustainable management of the Welsh historic environment.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Wales Bill

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

The Cardiff Capital Region Growth and Competitiveness Commission

This call for evidence from regional bodies focuses on the City Deal agreement. 

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.  RTPI Cymru further evidence on transport and housing.

Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population

In December 2015, an Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population in Wales was established by the Welsh Government.  The aim of the Group was to provide advice to the Welsh Government on the future policy direction in relation to housing an ageing population.  In order to inform its thinking, the Group called for views on this important topic area. 

The RTPI response can be downloaded here.

National Infrastructure Commission consultation - National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA)

The National Infrastructure Commission is consulting on how it should undertake its "National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA)". This will cover any UK infrastructure within the NIC's remit.

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

Tidal Lagoon Review

Review of Tidal Lagoons - Call for Evidence.

The RTPI response can be downloaded here.  This response covers England and Wales issues.

Historic Environment Chapter (chapter 6) of Planning Policy Wales

Chapter 6 of Planning Policy Wales was one of the complementary documents published as a pre-consultation draft alongside the Bill in May 2015.  It has now been updated following the Bill's passage and released for full public consultation.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

WLGA Draft Planning Committee Protocol

The primary aim of the protocol is to improve consistency across the 25 Local Planning Authorities (LPAs), whilst ensuring a level of local flexibility through discretion of the Chair and locally determined procedures such as the committee meeting running order.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Statistical Outputs on Population and Household Estimates and Projections

This consultation seeks views on Welsh Government's statistical outputs relating to population and household statistics.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Land Registry: Moving operations to the Private Sector

Views are sought on options to move the operations of the Land Registry into the private sector from 2017.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

National Development Framework Draft Statement of Public Participation

The Statement of Public Participation sets out the key stages and timetable for preparing the NDF and the steps the Welsh Government will take to engage stakeholders and the public.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Technical Advice Note 20 (TAN20)

The Welsh Government consulted on changes to Technical Advice Note 20 (TAN20) which supplements the Welsh Government's national planning policies for considering the welsh language when preparing Local Development Plans and in the determination of applications for planning permissions.  The aim of the review was to reflect the provisions of sections 11 and 31 of the Planning (Wales) act 2015 which come into force on the 4 January 2016.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill and Explanatory Memorandum

Views are sought on the Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill, Explanatory Memorandum and Draft Regulatory Impact Assessment.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

Consultation on Changes to ONS Products 2015

A series of changes were proposed to free up resources and reinvest to develop skills and technology.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.

CIL Review

CIL Review This consutlation covers both England and Wales.  The RTPI response can be downloaded here.  This response covers England and Wales issues.

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015: How do you measure a nation's progress?

Views were sought on the proposals for the national indicators to measure whether Wales is achieving the seven well-being goals in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

RTPI Cymru's response can be downloaded here.


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