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Planning tensions must be resolved – William Powell AM

2012 Mehefin 27 2:39 PM

William Powell, Rural Affairs Spokesperson, has called on the First Minister to act to resolve planning tensions which are strangling sustainable development and regeneration across Rural Wales.

William Powell, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, said:

"As things stand Wales' three National Park Authorities have control over planning decisions within their boundaries while regeneration and housing responsibilities reside with the areas respective local authorities.

Aside from hampering a much needed joined up approach to planning and regeneration decisions, this inhibiting split of responsibilities also creates tensions between the two authorities and confusion to residents and developers.

It remains patently clear that the present Welsh planning system is not fit for purpose, and I have called on the Welsh Government to give this its urgent attention. It is imperative that these important issues are resolved in the run up to the forthcoming Planning Bill."