A major review of how planning services in Wales should be delivered in the future has been announced by John Griffiths, Welsh Environment and Sustainable Development Minister. It will be conducted by an independent advisory group under the chairmanship of John Davies, former Welsh director of the Planning Inspectorate.
The purpose of the review is 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 group’s recommendations will form part of the evidence base for the Welsh Government’s proposed new Planning Bill.