Agenda Item No. 5
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
PLANNING COMMITTEE: 7 JULY 2016
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 20 JUNE 2016
C3221 REVISION OF PLANNING POLICY WALES CHAPTER 6: THE HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT (RE) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ENVIRONMENT AND REGENERATION) -
Cabinet was advised of the Welsh Government's consultation and proposed revision of Planning Policy Wales (PPW) in relation to the historic environment, and a response to the consultation recommended.
The Welsh Government’s priority was for a well-protected and accessible historic environment that would contribute to the quality of life and place and enhance people’s life chances.
The Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 21 March, 2016. The Act formed part of a suite of legislation, policy, advice and guidance that aimed to improve the protection and sustainable management of the Welsh historic environment.
The planning system played a significant role in the protection and conservation of the historic environment while helping it accommodate and remain responsive to present-day needs. Chapter 6 of PPW set out the Welsh Government's national planning policy in relation to this role and the purpose of this consultation is specifically to consider the revisions to this Chapter.
PPW had been updated to reflect and take account of the Historic Environment (Wales) Act with the revised Chapter 6 setting out the Welsh Government’s planning policy in respect of the historic environment.
Many of the policies contained in the current Chapter 6 of PPW were considered to be sound and remain relevant. These were preserved in the draft replacement Chapter 6 and this was welcomed.
As was now standard practice with Welsh Government consultation exercises, a series of consultation questions had been posed in relation to the revised Chapter 6. In this regard, while the Council had made a number of comments in response to the consultation questions which it hoped would assist the Welsh Government to formalise its policy position, it was not considered that the revisions to PPW would give rise to significant changes within the Vale of Glamorgan at this time. The Council’s proposed response to the consultation questions was at Annex 2 to Appendix 1 as attached to 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 Annex 2 to Appendix 1 attached to the report be endorsed as the Council's formal response to the Welsh Government consultation on Planning Policy Wales Chapter 6: The Historic Environment attached at Appendix 2 to the report.
(2) T H A T a copy of the report be circulated to all Members of Planning Committee for information.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To endorse the response submitted to the Welsh Government consultation on Planning Policy Wales Chapter 6: The Historic Environment.
(2) To advise Planning Committee Members of the public consultation.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 20 JUNE 2016