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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE: 30TH SEPTEMBER, 2010

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 15TH SEPTEMBER, 2010

 

 

"C1053          WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT - RESEARCH STUDY TO EXAMINE THE PLANNING APPLICATION PROCESS IN WALES AND CHANGES TO THE DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN WALES (PT) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -

 

In September 2009 WAG had commissioned research into the operation of the Planning Application process in Wales.  The research findings had been published in June 2010 and a copy of the recommendations and WAG’s responses to those recommendations were appended to the report.  Alongside the publication of the research, WAG had recently written to all local planning authorities to update those authorities on the current position of a series of proposals stemming from the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, a copy of which was also appended to the report.

 

The research had looked at case studies and good practice.  With reference to this Council the research referred to a number of initiatives such as pre-application advice policies and procedures, citing this Council’s procedure as an example of good practice.  The Council was also referred to as an authority which was well organised with strong lead officers and was progressive in its approach.  In terms of key findings, the research concluded that the system in relation to the planning application process was increasingly complex and unpredictable with increasing responsibilities being placed on the system.  A total of 16 recommendations had been made under three key themes, namely Better Understanding, Changing Culture and Improving Operation.  The Welsh Assembly Government had responded to those recommendations and that response was appended to the report.  In noting the increasing complexity of the land use and planning application process and the level of responsibility being placed upon it, recommendation (5) sought a pause on the introduction of further requirements for guidance.  Members noted that that recommendation was not accepted in full in WAG’s response.   Indeed, WAG’s Chief Planner had written to all Local Planning Authorities in July setting out WAG’s position with reference to changes to the Development Management System in Wales.  It also updated local planning authorities on the current position of WAG on proposals stemming from the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and WAG’s position in relation to the reforms to the Town and Country Planning regime in Part 9 of the Planning Act 2008 in addition to other matters. 

 

Members were notified that further reports on WAG consultation exercises were to be anticipated in the current quarter as WAG sought to implement certain recommendations of the study into the Planning Application process. Attention was also drawn to the fact that although there were no specific resource implications stemming from the consideration of the report, the progression of various initiatives and proposals detailed in the Study of the Planning Application Process in Wales and the letter dated 26th July 2010 would have implications for the Division in terms of staff time and capacity.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(1)       T H A T the content of the report, the content of the WAG Study into the Planning Application Process in Wales and the current position relating to the proposals contained within the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T a copy of the report be referred to the Planning Committee for information purposes.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To apprise Cabinet of current developments within WAG relating to the Planning Application process and the Development Management System.

 

(2)       To apprise the Planning Committee of the content of the report."

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 15th September, 2010