Everyone must have say on Welsh planning rejig

In your article on the recommendation in the report of the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) that the Welsh government introduces strategic regional planning in Wales, you suggest that we were needlessly cautious to recommend consultation on which parts of Wales require a regional tier.

Those planners you interviewed for the article may well have agreed that Cardiff and Swansea are the most likely candidates for regional planning, but that does not assist in defining the appropriate boundaries of the strategic planning regions.

The separate report mentioned in your article, on the economic case for introducing city regions, was delivered to the Welsh Government in July, the month after our report was delivered.

The purpose of our recommending further consultation was to enable local planning authorities and other stakeholders in Wales to contribute to and be involved in the detailed implementation of this highly significant step in the evolution of the Welsh planning system.

John Davies, chair, Independent Advisory Group.

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