On the 12th October 2020 Welsh Government launched a public consultation seeking views on their policy intent for the legislation required to establish the procedure for Strategic Development Plans (SDP’s) to be prepared across Wales.
On the 24th September 2020, Julie James, Minister for Housing and Local Government launched the new Placemaking Wales Charter at the Welsh Planner Live Conference. Planning Aid Wales is pleased to confirm it is a signatory to the Charter and commits the organisation to the principles and to support Placemaking across Wales.
We are seeking your assistance with a study that Planning Aid Wales is currently undertaking on the value of community engagement in planning in Wales.
This work is supported by Welsh Government and our findings and recommendations will be considered by the Welsh Government’s Planning Division.
Senedd Cymru / Welsh Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee undertook an inquiry into the effectiveness of local planning authorities in Wales.
Our new flagship online course ‘Planning: From Start to Finish’ has been produced specifically for Town and Community Councils in Wales. This course is a perfect introduction to or refresher on all aspects of the planning system in Wales.
Planning Aid Wales were commended in our category of In-house Planning Team of the Year at the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2020 held virtually on You Tube on 30th April 2020. The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.
I am writing to update you about changes to Planning Aid Wales’ operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- All PAW face-to-face events have been cancelled and no further events will be scheduled until further notice.
- The staff team will remain working remotely and telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.
- The PAW helpline will remain open. (02920 625000)
On a positive note, Planning Aid Wales was and is on the cusp of launching a new online training platform – more news on this will follow in April. We will also be looking to schedule live webinars soon. If you are interested in assisting with these activities, please do let us know.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at [email protected] or on 02920 625004
Thanks for your ongoing support and stay safe,
Public Health Wales recently hosted a symposium – “Building a Child Friendly Cardiff and Vale”. The successful inaugural event focused on agencies working together to ensure children and young people’s voices are heard and to increase and promote child friendly environments in places and spaces where they live.
Planning Aid Wales celebrated its 40th Anniversary at a special event held in the Senedd this October.
Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government, hosted the event and delivered an excellent keynote speech emphasising the importance of community engagement in the planning system.