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Guidance on Planning and Economic Development Published

The Housing and Regeneration Minister, Carl Sargeant, has published guidance on how economic development should be considered in the planning system.

Publication of Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 follows a revision to the Planning Policy Wales chapter on Economic Development in November 2012 when the need for a TAN providing detailed policy advice was acknowledged.

A draft Advice Note was published for public consultation last Summer. This attracted 58 responses from a range of stakeholders including local planning authorities and private sector representatives, and these have used in developing the TAN.

Housing and Regeneration Minister, Carl Sargeant said,

"The Welsh Government is committed to using all the levers at its disposal to address the causes and symptoms of the recession and is determined to support sustainable economic growth across the whole of Wales.

“This guidance provides clarity to local planning authorities when preparing Local Development Plans and taking planning decisions.

“It also explains the importance of local planning authorities collaborating at a regional level and indicates how they can achieve this by pooling skills and resources and preparing joint regional economic studies.

“It is important that local planning authorities recognise that they need to take a strategic approach to planning decisions. This includes steering development to the most sustainable location, even if this lies outside their boundary.

"The planning system has a vital role to play in the success of the Welsh economy and this guidance will ensure that opportunities for job and wealth creation result in a more prosperous future for all communities.”

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