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9. Plaid Cymru Debate: Planning policy for new power lines (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: I was just coming on to that. Yes, absolutely. So, absolutely, we will work with all of the stakeholders, including all the environmental bodies, and with our farmers, landowners and everybody else, but, actually, the most important stakeholder is the national grid. I know that my colleague Jeremy Miles has taken on the conversations that I was having, absolutely, with them, and we need to...

9. Plaid Cymru Debate: Planning policy for new power lines (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: So, that's why we're working—. Exactly that, Russell. That's why we're working with the National Grid, so that what we don't have is an unbroken pipeline that transverses it, but actually has a pipeline that delivers the electricity necessary for those communities to have the kind of electrical heating, EV charging points and all the things that we know are really struggling in parts of...

9. Plaid Cymru Debate: Planning policy for new power lines (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: I don't want to agree to that as an absolute, but I understand the point you're making and I think we do need to tighten up what we mean by 'unaffordable' in a very big way. My colleague Jeremy Miles—I think the Senedd has already heard—has an independent advisory group set up, and it's following on from my having been in the energy portfolio myself, and they've recently attended a...

9. Plaid Cymru Debate: Planning policy for new power lines (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Thank you, Carolyn. So, I am very happy—and I've had a conversation with Adam Price a number of times—to look at how we can make sure that a lot more of our cabling goes underground. But there is—. I'm sorry to be pedantic, but the 'where possible' is a problem in the motion, because it is physically possible to do it in places where I think we'd all agree we don't want. In fact, what...

9. Plaid Cymru Debate: Planning policy for new power lines (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Of course. 

9. Plaid Cymru Debate: Planning policy for new power lines (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. I just want to say that I don't think we're miles apart on this motion at all. The original motion and the Welsh Government's position are not worlds apart at all. We have a preference for undergrounding electricity cables as well. The only real difference in this motion today is that we differ on whether it's appropriate to mandate all cables to be underground where...

9. Plaid Cymru Debate: Planning policy for new power lines (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Formally.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Public Libraries (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Thank you, Heledd. I don't have that specific detail, but I'm quite happy to write to you with it. But it is the responsibility of local authorities to provide, exactly as you say, a comprehensive service under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964. We've provided a 3.3 per cent increase to the local authority settlement in the last year to try and make sure that they have enough money...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Public Libraries (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Diolch. Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service. The Welsh Government provides funding to support the development of public libraries, including recent investment of over £900,000 for a shared digital library platform, and a capital fund to improve library buildings and facilities. Sorry, I nearly did the same thing to you...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Social Housing Targets (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Well, I don't think that's quite fair, to be honest. And as I said in answer to an earlier question, we never expected to build 4,000 each year; we always knew that we had to put interventions in in the first place that would accelerate the build, so we do expect to deliver far more in the last two years of this Senedd term than we were able to in the first. I've also said many times in this...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Social Housing Targets (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Diolch, Llyr. The target to deliver 20,000 homes for rent in the social sector is extremely challenging. Nevertheless, we are committed to delivering more homes to meet people’s needs now and in the future. We have got record levels of investment already committed to the social housing grant in this Senedd term, with a view to ensuring that we do make the target, if at all possible.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Local Authority Budgets (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: I discuss various matters with my Cabinet Secretary colleagues all the time, Peter. I'm very addicted to listening to the Today programme on Radio 4 in the morning; it's perhaps an overshare, but I'm not a morning person at all, I do not like waking up early and I put it on because it irritates me so badly it wakes me up nicely. [Laughter.] This morning, it was followed immediately by a...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Local Authority Budgets (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Diolch, Peter. Service demand and cost inflation have meant that authorities have made difficult decisions on services and council tax in setting their budgets. Our own budget position has meant we have not been able to meet all the pressures local authorities face, but I am meeting regularly with the leaders of local authorities to agree an agenda for discussing the particular challenges.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Town-centre Regeneration in Pembrokeshire (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Yes, certainly, Paul. So, in Pembrokeshire itself, we're helping Pembrokeshire put together something called placemaking plans. They're bringing forward placemaking plans for specific settlements across Pembrokeshire, and that includes Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Fishguard, Goodick, for example. So, they have very specific plans for each one, and in response to a number of questions today,...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Town-centre Regeneration in Pembrokeshire (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Diolch, Paul. Since January 2020 we have awarded almost £16 million of funding through our Transforming Towns programme to support regeneration projects in town centres across Pembrokeshire. This support is being driven by placemaking plans for each settlement.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: House Building (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: I can't comment on ongoing planning applications, obviously, but on the planning application you're talking about, it's actually a redetermined, recovered appeal, and it's being actively considered by officials. The decision will be made when it's right to do so. I place much more importance on getting the decision right than getting it speedily. It has taken a very long time; it’s a very...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: House Building (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Yes. We are committed to increasing housing supply, ensuring people have homes that meet their needs now and in the future. In 2022-23, 5,785 new homes were completed in Wales, up 10 per cent on the previous year; 1,450 of those were in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport or Torfaen.

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Houses in Public and Co-operative Ownership (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Well, Mark, I know you love a series of statistics, so let me give you some statistics as well, then. So, Lee Rowley made some remarks when he was housing Minister on a Radio 4 programme, and he was the sixteenth housing Minister since 2010, so it's always nice to see continuity in the sector. In England, during the tenure of the 16 housing Ministers, social housing has declined. So, a...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Houses in Public and Co-operative Ownership (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Diolch, Mabon. That's a very interesting idea. I think, actually, we very much hope that an incoming Labour Government will review the fiscal framework for Wales and actually put us onto a far better footing in terms of prudential borrowing than we are on at the moment. That would clearly make a lot of sense. There are a number of things that it would be sensible to borrow for, and the kind...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Houses in Public and Co-operative Ownership (12 Jun 2024)

Julie James: Thank you, Mabon. We remain committed to supporting the development of co-operative and community-led housing and to enabling people to take more control of their housing. For example, almost £900,000 has been awarded to Gŵyr Community Land Trust from the land and building development fund for the development of 14 carbon-zero affordable homes.


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