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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
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- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written Statement - Planning Bill
The Welsh Government has made significant progress to reform the planning system. Since devolution up to date national planning policies have been put in place. These policies reflect our commitment to deliver sustainable development, economic renewal and affordable homes. To assist delivery at the local level, a new local development plan system has been introduced. Work is also underway to improve the planning application process.
The Legislative Statement 2011-16 includes a commitment to introduce a Planning Bill to consolidate existing legislation and make the planning system more transparent and accessible. A White Paper setting out our proposals will be published during 2013 followed by the introduction of a Planning Bill into the Assembly.
Delivery is our priority for the fourth Assembly term. The planning system is an important delivery agent for a wide range of social, economic and environmental policies where sustainable decisions about the future development and use of land need to be made. The key challenge for the Planning Bill will be to put in place a flexible framework which supports the delivery of Welsh Government policy, in an efficient and effective way, whilst retaining public confidence over the future use and development of land.
The delivery arrangements for the planning system have remained largely unaltered since 1947. The Welsh Government is responsible for the framework within which the planning system operates. Twenty five planning authorities deliver of the planning system locally. The previous Sustainability Committee of the National Assembly undertook an Inquiry into the Planning System in Wales; their report was published earlier this year. The Committee received evidence of the pressures faced by local planning officers in delivering the planning system, including the growing requirement for greater specialist technical expertise. The Simpson Review Local, Regional, National: What services are best delivered where? has given initial consideration to future roles and responsibilities in the planning system.
As part of the evidence base for the Planning Bill, I have today announced the establishment of an independent review to consider options on how to deliver the planning system in the future. The review will be conducted by an independent advisory group under the chairmanship of the former Welsh Director of the Planning Inspectorate, John Davies. An announcement on other members of the independent advisory group will be made shortly.
The independent advisory group has been tasked to:
- Identify the key policy objectives that the planning system is required to deliver now and in the future;
• Assess existing institutional delivery arrangements, noting areas of good practice and areas in need of improvement; and,
- Propose options for the future delivery of the planning system, including plan making and development management services.
The review will deliver a report by the end of May 2012 that makes recommendations about:
- Options for future delivery of the planning system including a preferred approach;
- The primary and secondary legislation and policy and guidance necessary to introduce the identified options and preferred approach;
- An assessment, on an all Wales basis, of the resources necessary, in terms of staff numbers and costs, to deliver the identified options and preferred approach; and
- Any identified quick wins.
The Independent Advisory Group will issue a call for evidence during October.