Good national heritage planning policy is very important for CLA members and others who look after heritage, making the sympathetic change needed to give heritage a future easier, and harmful change more difficult. The new 2016 consultation draft of the historic environment chapter of Planning Policy Wales is an improvement on the previous 2002 version, but this CLA response says that it still represents an old approach which is not in keeping with modern international conservation good practice, with Cadw's adopted Conservation Principles, or with the Well-being of Future Generations Act's Resilient Wales goal ("to support.... resilience and the capacity to adapt to change"). The CLA is also commenting on a new Technical Advice Note and other new heritage guidance.
This Briefing Note provides a summary of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 Part 6 Planning for England and includes CLA commentary.
This guidance note provides an explanation of what constitutes commencement of development by reference to the definition of "material operations".
CLA's response to the Local Plans Expert Group's report to the government.
This was a DCLG consultation and our response built upon meetings that we have already had with DCLG and Defra on rural planning. We called for more flexible permitted development rights for agricultural buildings, barn conversions, and on farm reservoirs. There was a need for up to date local plans that addressed the needs of the rural area, and also introducing “planning permission in principle” for certain development. We called for clarity that agricultural development should be exempt for CIL, and opposed local planning fee setting as this could be used to deter applications or lead to disproportionate charges.
This CLA consultation response sets out our answers to the CLG Technical consultation of planning changes.
CLA response to CLG consultation on changes to National Planning Policy.
CLA response to Communities and Local Government Community Infrastructure Levy Review Panel Questionnaire which focuses on the CLA's lobbying for national exemption from CIL for new farm buildings.
DCMS informally invited comment on the heritage content of the Culture White Paper proposed for Spring 2016. This CLA response focuses especially on the need for reform of the heritage protection system.
CLA members are keen users of permitted development rights. But planning authorities are currently able to limit the effect of permitted development rights by issuing what is known as an article 4 direction. This Guidance Note explains the powers that are used to impose article 4 directions.