Consultants set up forum to lobby Welsh government

A group of consultants in Wales have come together in order to lobby the Welsh government in favour of a regional approach to planning.

The Wales Planning Consultants Forum has been formed by 12 planning consultancies in order to represent the views of the consultancy sector in the country.

Lyn Powell, one of the group’s founders and a senior director at consultancy RPS, said that the WPCF had been formed as a direct response to the establishment by the Welsh government of a review of the planning system by planning minister John Griffiths and a review of the potential for city-regional working by business minister Edwina Hart, among other things.

Powell said: "The WPCF supports the concept of simplicity, cohesion, speed and cost reduction in the delivery of the planning system in Wales. It supports collaborative working between local planning authorities and the need for a regional perspective on planning that is definitive and adoptable."

The firms that make up the WPCF are: ASBRI Planning, Barton Willmore, Boyer Planning, CDN Planning, DPP, Harmers, Lambert Smith Hampton, Mango Planning, Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners, Arup, the RPS Group and WYG Planning.

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