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Welsh chief planner stresses environmental health support for planning

Words: Roger Milne
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Neil Hemington, the Welsh government’s chief planner has stressed the role of the environmental public health service in supporting the planning process.

In a letter this week to all chief planning officers Hemington has highlighted the benefits of improved access to environmental public health evidence, and the skills and expertise that the service can bring to assist the work of local planning authorities.

He pointed out: “Work has commenced to foster and develop enhanced links with local planning authorities and improve engagement within the planning process, at the development management stage and in the longer term at a more strategic planning level”.

The government has produced a short guide to help planners identify where a need for public health evidence and support may be necessary.