“The Welsh planning system should be improved to aid the recovery of the rural economy after the pandemic,” says Nigel Hollett, CLA Cymru Director, ahead of a free, online event organized by the CLA.
“Those looking to create rural facilities are farmers, landowners and businesspeople looking to diversify and grow their businesses – to attract spending visitors and create secure jobs.”
“The Welsh Government’s vision for planning in Wales until 2040 is expected to be published soon. This should give the economy the kick-start it needs. Securing investment is the first step to growth.”
“The planning process should be simpler, more efficient, more transparent and less costly,” Nigel continues. “Above all it needs to be an enabler for responsible and much-needed growth. We are currently urging the Welsh Government to double the length of Permitted Development Rights from 28 to 56 days. Local authorities should look to applications here to take best advantage of seasonal opportunities and regenerate the economy in their area.”
In a free, open-to-all, online event, the CLA’s Head of Planning, Fanella Collins will be joined by Welsh planning specialists, Rhys Davies from Cadnant and Lloyd James from Owen and Owen. “Between them they have experience of successful planning projects in North and South Wales – in a wide range of commercial sectors and in residential planning.”
Nigel Hollett concludes, “At the event we’ll be discussing many opportunities to release pent-up investment into the rural economy. As the Senedd election approaches, the Welsh Government needs to pin-point quick wins for economic recovery.”
The event takes place on 16 March, 11am-noon. The free event is open to all. Registration before 12 March is essential to receive online access details on 01547 317085.