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Griffiths publishes updated Planning Policy Wales for consultation

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The latest version of Planning Policy Wales (PPW) has just been published and is now out for discussion for three months.

Lesley Griffiths, cabinet secretary for energy, planning and rural affairs, stressed that this tenth statement of national planning policy has been completely reworked to take account of the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

The seven well-being goals and five ways of working provide links through the document, both in terms of its structure and content, which is now based on themes that together promote placemaking “with a view to achieving sustainable places”.

The policy content of PPW has also been updated to recognise the planning priorities contained in Taking Wales Forward. These include delivering on housing and energy commitments and, for the first time, enshrining the ‘agent of change’ principle in national planning policy.

On the energy policy front the PPW endorses the target that by 2030, 70 per cent of Wales’s electricity consumption will be from renewables generation and that by the end of the next decade 1 gigawatt of renewable energy capacity in Wales will be locally owned.

The minister added that this latest PPW “seeks to embed placemaking into national planning policy, to help ensure development decisions, both on local planning policies and planning applications, help promote prosperity for all parts of society”.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in the natural or built environment to respond and help us to shape this new, innovative approach to national planning policymaking in Wales.”

The written statement and the consultation, which closes on 18 May, can be found on the Welsh Government website.

* The March issue of The Planner magazine will feature a two-page look at the PPW.

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