Wales: secondary legislation to support the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and draft guidance (October 2016)

Good national heritage planning policy and guidance is important, making sympathetic change easier, and harmful change more difficult.  With other stakeholders the CLA has secured a complete review of Welsh policy and guidance.  The new underlying guidance drafted by Cadw (which had much CLA input) is generally good, though the CLA response makes some suggestions for improvement.  (For the new policy, see the separate 2016 consultations).

Wales: Planning Policy Wales - new heritage chapter (June 2016)

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.

Rural Planning Review - Call for Evidence

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.

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