Wales issues guidance to speed up planning
People in Wales will be encouraged to talk to their local authorities about planning applications before submitting them to speed up development.
New guidance aimed at helping reduce the time it takes to deal with planning applications was launched yesterday at the Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru annual conference.
Environment minister John Griffiths said: ‘This guidance encourages local planning authorities and applicants to sit down together and discuss their proposals in detail before any planning application is formally submitted.
‘The idea is that this will help to improve the quality of planning applications, reduce the time it takes to deal with them and help users avoid the cost and time implications of having to submit a series of applications. It will also benefit consultees, including nearby communities, as it should reduce the number of amendments to submitted applications.’
The minister also said he wants to extend permitted development rights and has introduced regulations that extend the types of equipment that can be installed in homes in order to increase renewable energy production by householders. These will come into force on 18 June.
An independent advisory group is expected to produce its findings for future options for a forthcoming Planning Bill next month. A planning white paper will be published in 2013.