Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
PLANNING COMMITTEE: 17 DECEMBER 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 16 NOVEMBER 2015
C2981 REVISION OF PLANNING POLICY WALES CHAPTER 10 RETAIL CENTRE DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNICAL ADVICE NOTE 4: RETAIL CENTER DEVELOPMENT (R) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -
Cabinet was apprised of the Welsh Government’s consultation and proposed revision of national planning policy in relation to retailing and retail centres. The draft policy documents and consultation had resulted from research work undertaken on behalf of the Welsh Government in 2014 which made 15 recommendations for the revision of planning policy in Wales on retail and town centres.
The Welsh Government was committed to ensuring that retail centres continued to thrive despite challenging economic circumstances. Across Government there were a number of ongoing initiatives which sought to make retail centres the focal point for retailing, commercial, business and social activities. The planning system could play a significant role in supporting retail centres through their promotion as a sustainable location for retail development and by resisting inappropriate development which would draw trade and foot fall away from those centres making them vulnerable to decline.
The Welsh Government consultation sought views on a revision of Planning Policy Wales (PPW) Chapter 10 Planning for Retail and Town Centres which set out national planning policy in respect of retailing and retail centres and on a new version of Technical Advice Note (TAN) 4: Retailing and Town Centres which supported PPW. Together the proposed revisions would ensure that Wales’ national retail planning policies remained fit for purpose. The consultation documents were issued on 3 September, 2015 and responses were required by 26 November, 2015. The consultation documents could be viewed on the Welsh Government website via the following link: http://gov.wales/consultations/planning/proposed-changes-to-ppw-and-tan-4/?lang=en
The Vale of Glamorgan Council welcomed the revisions to the Welsh Government’s guidance on retail development and supported the objective to increase diversity and reduce vacancies through the proposed changes. Notwithstanding this support, in response to the specific consultation questions, the Council had made a number of comments which it hoped would assist the Welsh Government in developing a robust policy framework in respect of retail development. Full details of these comments were set out in Appendix 1 as attached to the report, and were summarised in the report.
This was a matter for Executive decision
Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein
(1) T H A T the report and the completed consultation response form attached at Appendix 1 to the report be endorsed as the Council’s formal response to the Welsh Government consultation on Planning Policy Wales Chapter 10 Retail Centre Development and Technical Advice Note 4: Retail Centre Development.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to Planning Committee for information.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To submit the Council’s response to the Welsh Government consultation on Planning Policy Wales Chapter 10 Retail Centre Development and Technical Advice Note 4: Retail Centre Development.
(2) To advise Planning Committee of the public consultation.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 16 NOVEMBER 2015