Janet Finch-Saunders, AM for Aberconwy, has called for the Welsh Government to reverse the controversial changes to TAN 1 - which came into effect in 2015, despite the objections of 79% of local authorities.
The Member has called for an Assembly debate on the issue.
The TAN details how councils are to calculate the housing need for the local authority area, and has been a considerable part in arguments surrounding the contentious planning application at Marl Lane, Deganwy – currently awaiting appeal.
Following much campaigning by the Member, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs has now decided to temporarily disapply controversial guidance to local authority planning department on housing land figures.
The announcement came following a consultation on the matter – a result of a long campaign by Janet Finch-Saunders AM, and many of her constituents, as a result of controversial local planning applications – including that at Marl Lane, Deganwy (currently awaiting appeal).
“The responses to the consultation make quite clear that my long-held calls for the removal of the obligation to attach ‘considerable’ weight to the lack of a five-year housing and supply in relation to planning applications have the backing of many across the country.
“80% of respondents were in favour of this, including 87% of the private individuals responding to the consultation, 96% of the local authority councillors and 70% of planning authorities.
“Having raised my concerns on this matter directly to the Cabinet Secretary in the National Assembly for Wales since the guidance was introduced in 2015, I am pleased that the Welsh Labour Government are finally starting to listen.
“What we need now, going forward, is a more permanent change and a much more sustainable method for calculating housing land supply and preventing land banking – to protect out greenfield sites, and ensure that brownfield developments are prioritised and taken forward to provide for our housing needs.”
The consultation and responses are available here: https://beta.gov.wales/sites/default/files/consultations/2018-07/summary-of-responses-consultation-tan-1-dis-application-of-para-62.pdf
More of Janet’s work on this available here:
The consultation can be found here: https://beta.gov.wales/technical-advice-note-temporary-dis-application-…
Transcript for the Petitions Committee is available here: http://record.assembly.wales/Committee/4754