P-05-881 Fix our planning system
P-05-881 Fix our planning
petition was submitted by Ruth Parker having collected a total of 250
Text of Petition
call on the National Assembly of Wales to urge the Welsh Government to fix our
planning system; new developments need to be sustainable.
Policy Wales paragraph 4.2.15 states that 'planning authorities must ensure
that land is genuinely available or will become available to provide a five
year supply of land for housing...' For land to be regarded as genuinely
available it must be a site included in a Joint Housing Land Availability
five year housing supply is putting undue pressure on local authorities at the
cost of building unsuitable developments. The JHLAS is flawed: it does not take
into account empty houses or the amount of second homes in the area. As a
result of the shortage of land, councils feel the need to allow planning
permission even if they are aware of infrastructure issues. If councils reject
planning permission, the Welsh Planning Inspectorate overrules their decisions
are aware of the loopholes in the system and can flaunt a community's
vulnerability through large speculative developments outside the Local
Development Plan. As these developments are outside the LDP, the sustainability
of the area in terms of well-being of the economy, health, transport, and
environment are not scrutinised in detail. Even if residents highlight local
and national studies/ statistics of an area, their voices are not being heard
at appeal level. The Welsh Government need to define 'robust' evidence.
Well-Being of Future Generations Act 2015 was brought in place to prevent
unsustainable development in order to ensure that our future generations would
have a chance of a reasonable future. Communities feel that policy and practice
does not reflect this.
The petition was
closed as part of a review of all petitions currently under consideration at
the Petitions Committee's final meeting of the Fifth Senedd, in light of the
upcoming election and the consideration given to this issue to date.
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It was first
considered by the Petitions Committee on 11/06/2019.
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Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 21/05/2019