Welsh in Planning

09/07/2014

Plaid Cymru Councillor, Phil Edwards, Conwy's cabinet member for Communities has today urged the Wales Government to rethink its stance on refusing to allow the Welsh Language as a consideration for Planning applications.

Presenting his report to cabinet councillors outlining the council's Supplementary Planning Guidance on the Welsh language, Councillor Edwards said " The guidance document outlining mitigation measures for additional housing developments as required by our LDP has had to be drafted along the lines of current legislation which contains a fundamental flaw. We have written previously to the Wales Government asking them to allow the Welsh language to be considered as a planning consideration, but they show little sign of agreeing to that."

Councillor Edwards explained, "As things currently stand, we could receive a planning application for a very large scale housing development and if we could demonstrate that it would cause real harm and damage, even drown out the language in a sensitive area and even if we produce strong evidence to that effect, we could not refuse it. That is a disgrace and  I again urge the Welsh Government to reconsider their position and allow local councillors to make these decisions"