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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 24 March, 2014

 

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation

 

Welsh Government Consultation Document: The Statement of Public Participation for the Welsh National Marine Plan

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To respond to the Welsh Government (WG) Consultation document relating to the Statement of public participation for the Welsh National Marine Plan.

Recommendations

1.         That the Consultation response as appended be endorsed as a response to the Consultation on the Statement of Public Participation for the Welsh National Marine Plan.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To ensure that response is issued by the deadline date of 28th March 2014.

Background

2.         The Consultation document was published on 3rd February with responses sought by 28th March.  The foreward by the Minister for National Resources and Food refers to the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 which provides for a 'stronger joined-up and plan-led approach' to marine planning.

3.         The Consultation document on public participation is seen as the first step in establishing a proactive and inclusion system for marine planning, and the Consultation paper explains how and when WG will be seeking stakeholder views on the marine planning process.  The document, together with the proposed response is contained in Appendix A.  One question is asked and that relates to whether there is agreement with the approach to public participation as set out in the consultation document.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.         The Statement of Public Participation (SPP) sets out how and when WG will involve interested people in the marine planning process.  WG recognises that preparing a marine plan is a complex task under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, the Welsh Ministers are the 'marine plan authority' responsible for preparing marine plans.  In Wales, it is the intention to introduce a single national marine plan for Wales.  The Welsh National Marine Plan will need to integrate with other planning systems, an issue that is particularly relevant to the Vale of Glamorgan, an area with a rich and varied coastline.

5.         The Consultation document sets out the scope of the Marine Plan and also includes a reference to how WG will engage with stakeholders.  A table is contained (Page 7) identifying timescales for engagement for various future stages of the Plan.  Interestingly there is no reference to reviewing and monitoring of the Plan, an element that is intrinsic to the territorial planning stage and this is a point made in the proposed response to WG.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.         Responding to this consultation has been undertaken within the current budget and input into future stages of consultation and participation in marine planning can be met from within existing budgets.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.         Recent events have highlighted the importance of marine planning and the need to ensure that the marine planning process takes account of territorial planning and vice versa.  The Consultation document makes it clear that sustainable development will be at the heart of the marine planning system and that a Sustainability Appraisal, incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment will be integrated into the plan making process.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.         One of the stages in producing a Welsh National Marine Plan is consultation on the draft plan with an independent person subsequently appointed to investigate the draft plan.  No detail is provided as to how this investigation will be conducted.  By way of example, there is no indication of a similar system to that which exists with the Development Plan system which allows for an Examination in Public.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.         None applicable to this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.      None applicable to this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.      This issue relates to the Corporate Objective of Environmental Improvement and also relates closely to key objectives relating to regeneration, tourism and environmental management of our national assets.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.      This is a matter of Executive decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.      This report has an implication across the majority of the Wards I the Vale of Glamorgan.  As a result no specific Ward Member consultation has been undertaken.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.      Economy and Environment

Background Papers

WG Consultation Document:  The Statement of Public Participation for the Welsh National Marine Plan.

 

Contact Officer

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services - 01446 704630

 

Officers Consulted

Director of Visible and Housing Services

Committee Reports

Finance

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services