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Welcome and Chairs Announcements
Chairperson welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Declarations of Interests
were no declarations of interests received.
Committee were presented with the Terms of Reference of the Strategic Planning Sub
Committee of the South West Wales Corporate
RESOLVED: That Members note the terms of reference of the Strategic
a presentation in regards to the ongoing work relating to the Strategic Development Plan (SDP).
provided a brief overview in regards to the governance of the Strategic
Planning Sub Committee; and confirmed that the lead Chief Executive for the SDP
was Pembrokeshire Council, and that the political lead was Neath Port Talbot
was informed that South West Wales Corporate Joint Committee agreed to a number
of priority steps in its Corporate Plan for 2023-28, which related to the SDP.
It was explained that the first step was to engage with Welsh Government on the
Draft SDP Manual, and to further engage with Welsh Government regarding
resources; Officers confirmed that both of these actions had been completed.
priority noted was to prepare a delivery agreement which set out the time
scales for the preparation of the SDP; with the final step being the work
surrounding developing the SDP.
Members with an indication of what actions had been completed to date:
In December 2022, informal comments were
submitted to Welsh Government in respect of the SDP Manual;
The Welsh Government formal consultation on
the SDP Manual had yet to be undertaken, as it was expected to take place
during summer 2023;
Updated Welsh Government with concerns in
regards to the lack of resources to progress the SDP;
Undertaken a Joint Local Housing Market
Assessment, a Regional Viability Study, a South West Wales Strategic Flood
Consequence Assessment and a National Growth Area Refinement Study.
Working on a Nutrient Credit Trading Scheme
on a regional basis, along with a Joint Economic and Housing Growth Assessment
for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot;
Re-established the Mid and South Wales
Minerals and Waste Planning Group, which now meets on a quarterly basis
highlighted that the South West Wales Corporate Joint Committee had set the Sub
Committee budget for the 2023/24 financial year, at £20,000 per Sub Committee;
this was reflected in the option to do minimum, for each of the work
detailed the current priorities for Officers across the region in regards to
the progression of the SDP; the number one priority being to liaise with Welsh Government
in regards to the release of the SDP Manual consultation in order to begin the
development of the delivery agreement. Another priority noted was to work
collaboratively to undertake further regional studies; this will form the
evidence base for the SDP in the future.
surrounding resources was raised, with particular mention of the budget and
staffing pressures. It was also noted that the constituent Councils were
experiencing issues in regards to recruitment of experienced planning staff,
which affects the regional work relating to the SDP.
A discussion took place in regards to the National Parks, and their involvement with the development of the SDP. It was explained that National Parks had a number of obligations in terms of impact assessments, along with the Sandford Principle which set out to ensure that National ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
were provided with the Forward Work Programme for the Strategic Planning Sub Committee.
Forward Work Programme was noted.
urgent items at the discretion of the Chairperson pursuant to Section 100BA (6)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).
were no urgent items received.