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Griffiths sets out her ‘asks’ of the planning system at RTPI Wales Conference

Words: Laura Edgar

Cabinet secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths yesterday laid out her five demands of the planning system.

The newly appointed secretary, who holds responsibility for planning, gave the keynote address at the RTPI Cymru Wales Planning Conference.

Griffiths referred to the '10 asks’ RTPI Cymru made before the assembly election on 5 May, before setting out her own stipulations for the planning system.

  • A visionary and evidence-based planning system

  • A connected planning system

  • A planning system that helps to deliver

  • An efficient planning system

  • A valued planning system

Griffiths told the 265 delegates she hoped that everyone – planners, herself, the government – would be able to work together to achieve her aims.

“The previous Welsh Government delivered much of the underpinning legislative framework through the new Planning (Wales) Act and supporting secondary legislation. The tools are now in place. Collectively, we need to take positive action to implement the change,” she explained.

"I look forward to working with the RTPI to explore how we can measure and explain the value of planning, including making the case for investment in the planning service."

The July edition of The Planner will feature more from Griffiths’s address, as well as a round-up of what other speakers discussed.