Out-Law News | 08 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm |
New measures in the Bill also include enabling local planning authorities to deal with cross-boundary planning issues through strategic development plans. The plans would be drafted by a panel comprising representatives of local authorities, community, environmental and business interests.
A revised enforcement system would be introduced to enable more effective action against breaches of planning control.
“Planning is at the heart of our communities, from building an extension on a house to building a new local school," said Welsh natural resources minister Carl Sargeant in a statement.
"The introduction of this Bill is the beginning of an exciting period for planning in Wales and I will soon be putting in place additional measures to ensure that the Bill’s objectives are met in full. I look forward to seeing these reforms, coupled with a ‘can do’ culture across the planning sector, providing a system which can make a positive and lasting impact on our communities,” Sargeant said.