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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 12 May, 2014

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation

 

Response to Welsh Government Consultation on Rural Development Plan for Wales (2014-2020)

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To seek Cabinet endorsement of the Council response to the final Welsh Government Consultation on the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020.

 

Recommendations

1.         That the response to the Welsh Government Consultation at Appendix 1 is endorsed by Cabinet.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         In order to endorse the Council's response and to achieve Council Rural Regeneration objectives.

 

Background

 

2.         The Vale of Glamorgan Council submitted a response to an earlier Welsh Government consultation on the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales.  This current response relates to the final proposals put forward by the Welsh Government, and consulted upon by Welsh Government between February and April of this year.

 

Relevant Issues and Options

3.         Earlier this year the Vale of Glamorgan Council submitted an Expression of Interest on behalf of the 10 Rural Wards within the County to form a Local Action Group for next programme.  The Welsh Government has approved this Local Action Group, but has yet to approve any running costs

4.         The current RDP Programme (2007-2013) totalling £7.7 million ends in December 2014.  The new Programme is still in development but the Welsh Government anticipates a start date of 1st January 2015.

5.         Welsh Government issued on 17th February, a consultation document on the final proposals for the new RDP programme.  The document outlines the vision, budget and various specific proposals for the next RDP.  The consultation required responses to be submitted by 14th April 2014.

6.         Mirroring responses on behalf of the Council and Rural Partnership were submitted on April 14th, in order to meet the deadline.

 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.         The Council has match funded the current £7.7 million programme with £338,000 of cash match funding between 2007-2014.  In kind staff match funding has also been used on some projects.  It is likely that the Council will be asked to match and underwrite some of the 2014-2020 programme.  Other sources of funding such as the private and voluntary sectors will also be investigated.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.         The Council has endorsed the green energy recommendations within the consultation document.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.         The Welsh Government has responsibility for the Rural Development Plan in Wales.  This must meet three European Commission objectives:-

 

The competitiveness of agriculture.

The sustainable management of natural resources and climate action.

Balanced territorial development of rural economies and communities including the creation and management of employment.

 

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.      None specifically, although the recommendations put forward by the Council in its response will aim to foster participation in community activities and promote economic prosperity which are widely accepted to help in addressing crime and disorder. 

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.      The recommendations put forward by the Council cut across equalities themes and also address themes such as access to services, ICT and anti-poverty measures.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.      The current Rural Local Development Strategy has been developed and delivered in partnership with a range of partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

13.      The recent approval by Welsh Government of the Local Action Group for 2014-2020 paves the way for the development of the next Local Development Strategy.  This will be submitted in September 2014.

14.      This ongoing partnership working will support the Council in addressing its corporate priority 'to work with partners to develop a sustainable community which maximises opportunities for economic growth, social improvement and environmental regeneration'.

Policy Framework and Budget

15.      The report is a matter for Executive Decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

16.      The core themes of the Rural Development Plan for Wales in the Vale were developed following extensive consultations in the Vale.  Partnership workshops were held to discuss the new programme and formation of a single board to take it forward.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

17.      Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

RDP 2014-2020 Vale of Glamorgan Council Response RDP Consultation

Common Agricultural Policy Reform: Wales Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 Final Proposals

 

Contact Officer

Phil Chappell, Principal Rural Regeneration Officer - Tel. 01446 704750

 

Officers Consulted

Legal Committee Reports

Business Manager, Partnerships

Operational Manager, Countryside & Economic Projects

Finance Support Manager, Development Services

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services

 

 

 

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