i) Welsh Government Clean Air Plan For Wales
The aim of the Clean Air Plan for Wales is to improve air quality and ‘reduce the burden of poor air quality on human health, biodiversity and the natural environment in Wales’.
The plan uses themes to address areas of impact where future action is required. These themes include improving air quality to:
Protect the health and well-being of current and future generations
Support our natural environment, ecosystems and biodiversity
Support a prosperous Wales
Support a sustainable place
Please follow click here for the consultation document. Deadline for responses is 10 March 2020.
ii) Welsh Government Changes to Planning and Related Applications Fees
This Welsh Government consultation proposes to retain the current planning fee structure as set out in the 2015 regulations in the short-term and increase all planning fees by around 20%. In addition, to support Local Planning Authorities when determining applications for certificates of appropriate alternative development, they propose to introduce a fee of £230 per application.
In the longer term, Welsh Government aims to consider whether there is a need to reform the method of charging planning fees for supporting the cost recovery process.
Please follow click here for the consultation document. Deadline for responses is 13 March 2020.
iii) Welsh Government Beyond Recycling - Circular Economy Strategy
Welsh Government is aiming to move towards a circular economy in Wales whereby waste is avoided, as much as possible is recycled and products stay in use for longer. From 1997 to 2017, Wales has transformed from a nation which recycled less than 5% of its municipal waste, to become an international leader that recycles 63%. Likewise, greenhouse gas emissions from waste reduced by 60% between 2001 and 2017.
The consultation looks to produce a strategy that will make Wales:
- A world leader in recycling
- Phase out single use plastic
- Invest in clean technology for materials collection by introducing zero emission vehicles
- Make more efficient use of our food working with businesses from farm to fork
- Priorities the purchasing of wood, re-manufactured and recycled content
- Enable communities to take collective action
- Support all businesses in Wales to reduce their carbon footprint and become more resource efficient
- And take full responsibility for our waste
Please follow click here to view the consultation document and associated documents which summarise the strategy. Deadline for responses is 3 April 2020.