DCLG: Improving the Use of Planning Conditions

The Department for Communities and Local Government have launched a consultation on measures included within the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to address the inappropriate use of pre-commencement planning conditions, and to prohibit the use of other types of planning conditions which do not meet the tests in the National Planning Policy Framework. ACS' submission can be found below.

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DCLG: Rural Planning Review

The Department for Communities and local Government has launched a consultation on reviewing and improving the planning system in rural areas.

ACS responded to the consultation, calling on the department to ensure that the planning system supports the growth and retention of rural convenience stores.

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Subordinate Legislation Relating to Certain Internal Operations (mezzanine floors)

The Welsh Government is proposing changes to the development management system, seeking views on our proposal to require a planning application for additional internal floor space over 200 sq. meters in retail developments.

In the submission, ACS supports the Welsh Government's proposals in their consultation to bring the development of mezzanine floors in retail premises under the control of the planning system. The proposals bring Wales into line with planning permission for mezzanine floors in England.

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Local Development Plans Process Review (Wales)

The Welsh Government’s consultation seeks views on their proposed changes to the Local Development Plans (LDPs). Up-to-date LDPs provide certainty about what kind of development will and won’t be permitted in the plan period. Changes are being proposed based on the findings and outcomes of the LDP Process Refinement Exercise Report in 2013.

ACS’ submission proposes that an inclusive and efficient planning system is essential for the growth of convenience stores. We advocate a plan led approach to the planning process and not to repeat the mistakes that have been made in England.

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Planning (Wales) Bill

The Planning Wales Bill seeks to streamline the planning process and establish a more consistent system across Welsh planning authorities. The consultation is an inquiry by the Environment and Sustainability Committee into the general principles of the Planning (Wales) Bill. The Bill will be debated next by the Welsh Assembly and will be passed in 2015.

The consultation can be viewed here: 

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