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Matter which the Chairman has decided is urgent to ensure Members have the views of Cabinet in a timely manner

 

Agenda Item No.

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE: 20TH DECEMBER, 2012

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 17TH DECEMBER, 2012

 

C1947                        PUBLICATION OF PLANNING POLICY WALES EDITION 5 AND PRACTICE GUIDANCE ON ONE PLANET DEVELOPMENTS (RIPT) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -

 

The report notified Cabinet of the recent publication of the Planning Policy Wales Edition 5 (November 2012) and the practice guidance on One Planet Development (October 2012).

 

Planning Policy Wales (PPW) set the context for sustainable land use planning policy within which Local authorities' statutory Local Development Plans (LDPs).

 

Since PPW was first issued in March 2002, numerous update editions had been published to reflect changes to facts, law, policies and references to other documents. The most significant of the changes was the introduction of LDPs under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

 

In November 2012, the Welsh Government (WG) issued a 5th edition of PPW that could be viewed on the Welsh Government website via the following link: http://wales.gov.uk/topics/planning/policy/ppw/?lang=en. The main changes contained in the 5th edition of PPW were set out below and the policy related changes were attached at appendix A to the report:

 

(i)         Presumption in favour of sustainable development

 

Amendments to chapters 2 (Development Plans) and 4 (Planning for Sustainability) help to strengthen and clarify the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

 

(ii)        Revised Chapter 7 on Economic Development

 

The revised chapter set out how the planning system would aim to support and promote economic and employment growth alongside social and environmental considerations. In addition, it sought to ensure that local planning authorities planned for the whole economy and required the establishment of an up to date evidence base, including an Employment Land Review and the development of a comprehensive understanding of local economies and wider regional economies.

 

(iii)       The Town and Country Planning (Notification) (Wales) Direction 2012 and accompanying Welsh Government Circular 07/12

 

Updates had been made to sections 3.12, 9.3 and 10.3 to reflect the introduction of the above consolidated Planning Direction and Circular that replaced the Shopping and Departure Directions and their accompanying Welsh Office Circulars 39/92 and 61/93 in July 2012.

 

PPW and Technical Advice Note (TAN) 6 Planning for Sustainable Rural Communities set out the policy context for One Planet Development in the open countryside. The recently published practice guidance described the planning requirements for One Planet Developments in rural locations outside existing settlements. The guidance could be viewed on the WG website via the following link: http://wales.gov.uk/topics/planning/policy/guidanceandleaflets/oneplanet/?lang=en

 

The guidance acted as a companion to TAN 6, that covered all the requirements for a planning application for One Planet Development. It focused on the Management Plan that accompanied all One Planet Development planning applications and the Ecological Footprint Analysis that sits alongside the Management Plan. The guidance also provided information for applicants putting together proposals for One Planet Development in the countryside and for Local Planning Authorities assessing them.

 

Paragraph 9.3.11 of the PPW defined One Planet Developments as "development that through its low impact either enhances or does not significantly diminish environmental quality." In addition, it states that "One Planet Developments should initially achieve an ecological footprint of 2.4 global hectares per person or less in terms of consumption and demonstrate clear potential to move towards 1.88 global hectares over time (the global average availability of resources in 2003). They should also be zero carbon in both construction and use"

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the publication of Planning Policy Wales Edition 5 (November 2012) and practice guidance on One Planet Development (October 2012) be noted.

 

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

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To be aware of the publication of the new national planning guidance.

(2)       To advise Planning Committee of the publication of the new national planning guidance.

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 17th December, 2012.

 

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