Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Memoranda


Memorandum by Torfaen Friends of the Earth (PGP 10)

GREEN PAPER ISSUED 12 DECEMBER 2001—"PLANNING: DELIVERING A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE"

  Friends of the Earth Cymru's planning panel and Friends of the Earth (UK) advisor Huw Ellis have asked that I write to you on matters arising from the above Green Paper.

  Planning is a devolved matter for the Regional Bodies of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, but planning legislation remains at Westminster and any Act of Parliament arising from this Green Paper will apply to these bodies despite Scotland's greater powers. This raises the need for Primary Legislation to ensure that devolved bodies are able to implement their own proposals such as "Wales—planning delivering for Wales" which is a little more environmentally friendly than the Green Paper and has a "Welsh dimension"!

  There is already strong concern about Parliament taking powers for "major infrastructures" which are unfair to the devolved regional bodies of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland who are and should continue to be the appropriate bodies to decide these matters.

Miss B M Davies

Secretary

10 March 2002



 
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