Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning

QNR – in the Senedd at on 12 June 2024.

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Photo of Cefin Campbell Cefin Campbell Plaid Cymru

(Translated) Will the Welsh Government revise its planning guidance to ensure that rural communities have a greater say in decisions that affect them?

Photo of Julie James Julie James Labour

All planning applications are subject to statutory publicity and consultation and developers are required to undertake pre-application consultation on major developments.  The Infrastructure (Wales) Act 2024 will introduce new provisions for engagement with communities on significant infrastructure projects.

Photo of Altaf Hussain Altaf Hussain Conservative

(Translated) Will the Cabinet Secretary provide an update on planning guidance in relation to acceptable levels of shadow flicker and ice shedding when considering applications for onshore wind turbines?

Photo of Julie James Julie James Labour

National planning policy does not specify the level of shadow flicker or ice shedding deemed acceptable. These issues are assessed as part of the planning process when a planning application is submitted to Planning and Environment Decisions Wales on a case-by-case basis.

Photo of Sioned Williams Sioned Williams Plaid Cymru

(Translated) Will the Cabinet Secretary provide an update on reforming the governance arrangements of Wales’s fire and rescue services?

Photo of Julie James Julie James Labour

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It is clear that the governance of fire and rescue services needs reform and I have already started having conversations with key stakeholders, including Local Authority Leaders and the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Commissioners.

Photo of Delyth Jewell Delyth Jewell Plaid Cymru

(Translated) What steps is the Cabinet Secretary taking to mitigate the environmental impact of disused coal tips?

Photo of Julie James Julie James Labour

Welsh Government has made a significant investment in the safety of coal tips, introducing a regular inspection and monitoring regime and by making £44.4m available for maintenance since 2022.  We will modernise our legislation through the new disused tips bill, due to be introduced to the Senedd in the autumn.