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Industry hopeful as Wales consults on changes to planning system

By Greg Pitcher

Residents of Wales are giving their views on forthcoming changes to the countrys planning system and the recycling industry is watching with interest.

The Welsh Assembly last week opened a three-month consultation period into the shift to local development plans that will happen in September 2005.

Difficulties in gaining planning permission for facilities has been highlighted recently as a major barrier to hitting recycling targets.

And Environmental Services Association policy director Mike Walker hopes this latest consultation will help the public understand the need for the sites.

Environment and Planning Minister Carwyn Jones said the local development plan system would promote a more streamlined planning procedure.

Jones said: I am determined to open up the planning permission system in Wales to make it much easier to understand, and so that people who will be affected by planning decisions are involved early in the process.

The proposals I am putting out today and asking people to comment on mean that everyone will, in future, have an early opportunity to influence how their local area develops.

Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee chairman Andy Doran said last month: The biggest barrier to increasing recycling rates is not having access to the facilities. There are too many planning committees.

And Walker has said: The system is not delivering the facilities that are required. It is not permitting the number that is required, and those that get through take forever.

A spokesman for the Welsh Assembly said the plans should provide a strong basis for those who seek permission for recycling facilities.

Walker is hopeful that the consultation period will be a step in the right direction but warns there is a long way to go.

He told MRW: It is important that the community is involved in the planning process but it is all about getting the balance with decision makers. When it comes down to it, decision makers need to be accountable.

We would like to see community involvement based on facts, law and targets. We would like to see local communities becoming more aware of the need for recycling facilities.

Getting planning permission across the UK is very difficult.

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