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Consultation starts on new strategic planning panels

Words: Roger Milne
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The Welsh Government has begun consulting on the composition of proposed strategic planning panels (SDPs) as well as financial issues affecting them.

These bodies will be responsible for a new breed of strategic development plans that would deal with issues including housing, employment, transport, infrastructure, minerals and waste encompassing a number of local planning authorities (LPAs).

Housing provision for individual local development plans will be set at this level.

Panels will be plan-making bodies and would not make planning decisions. They would not require agreement from constituent local planning authorities.

The line-ups would be formed of both LPA members and nominated members from social, economic and environmental groups. Only the LPA members would have voting rights. Under current plans some 40 per cent of the panel membership would be female.