Gwynedd and Anglesey Councils approve Supplementary Planning Guidance
A Joint Planning Policy Committee of Gwynedd and Anglesey councillors have voted unanimously for the adoption of supplementary planning guidance in relation to the Joint Local Development Plan for both counties.
At a meeting of the Joint Planning Policy Committee which includes Gwynedd Council and Isle of Anglesey County Council councillors, the new ‘Supplementary Planning Guidance: Maintaining and Creating Distinctive and Sustainable Communities’ was adopted. This followed a public consultation period where full consideration was given to all the comments received as part of the process.
Councillor Gareth Griffith, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Chair of the Joint Planning Policy Committee said: “I am grateful to everyone who took the opportunity to comment on this supplementary planning guidance as part of the public consultation. The comments greatly assisted in determining the final guidance which provides detailed advice on how to consider and assess the impact on the Welsh language when determining a planning application, where it relates to that application.
“Naturally, consideration of the Welsh language has been central to the process of preparing the Joint Local Development Plan and promoting and supporting the use of the language is an important part of the Plan's strategy.
“The truth of the matter is that there is a national lack of methodology for assessing the Welsh language when dealing with planning applications. However, as the Welsh language is so important to both Gwynedd and Anglesey councils, we have decided to lead the way and develop a detailed methodology for assessing the impact on the language when deciding on planning applications, where relevant to that application.”
Isle of Anglesey County Council Planning Portfolio holder, Councillor Richard Dew said: “We are confident that the policies of the Joint Local Development Plan are sound and will assist the process of approving appropriate developments in both Counties.
“Significant work has gone into creating the new supplementary planning guidance. They will provide clear guidance to developers in dealing with the Welsh language and provide assurance that linguistic issues are receiving full and appropriate attention.
“The ongoing work of monitoring the Joint Local Development Plan will also provide useful evidence when it comes to reviewing the Plan and proposing possible changes in the future, if needed.”