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Planning (Wales) Bill receives Royal Assent

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Planning (Wales) Bill has been granted Royal Assent by the Queen.

The legislation aims to ensure that the Welsh planning system is, the Welsh Government says, fair, resilient, and enables development “fit for the 21st century”.

Passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 19 May, a bill receives Royal Assent when Letters Patent under the Welsh Seal signed by the Queen, signifying Her Assent, are notified to the Clerk of Assembly. It then becomes an Act of the Assembly.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “This piece of legislation will have a significant impact on how the Welsh planning system works. It will allow Welsh ministers to approve planning applications for nationally significant projects, allow for the creation of strategic plans to be drawn up across different council areas, and enable early public engagement in the planning system.”

Natural resources minister Carl Sargeant added: “The new law will create a world-class planning system delivering timely, fair and consistent decisions that will enhance the built, natural and historic environment in Wales. It will also complement the framework for sustainable development established through the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment Bill.”