Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sustainable Building Policy Changes

The Welsh Government has confirmed it will withdraw its detailed policy on planning for sustainable buildings at the end of next month.  At that point it will issue amended policy on design which will include material on the energy hierarchy, allowable solutions and sustainable building policies on strategic sites in local development plans.  This is a result of the Welsh government taking control over building regulations, which it believes will provide a more appropriate vehicle for setting building standards.  The Welsh Government has been criticised for lowering its standards but will consider further steps in energy performance designed to meet the EU directive target of nearly zero energy new buildings by 2019 for the public sector and 2021 across the board.

Charter Event at Abergavenny

A FREE Sustainable Development Charter lunchtime learn and networking Event will be held in Plas Derwen Hotel 11.30am-2.00pm on 30 July (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE). Buffet lunch will be included.  This event is linked to the Welsh Government’s SD Charter for Wales and will aim to encourage new signatories (membership is free and this is a voluntary commitment). It will also engage current signatories and educate everyone who attends on the Welsh Government’s forthcoming Future Generations Bill and the goals of the Bill which are to be presented to Assembly on the 7 July.  There are now over 210 SD Charter signatories in Wales and the network is growing.  Please register by emailing:

Recorders’ Newsletter

First posted 18 May  The Spring 2014 edition of the informative Gwent – Glamorgan Recorders’ Newsletter is available here on the SEWBReC website.  Several articles about Monmouthshire wildlife, including Monmouthshire Meadows Open Days and water voles at Magor Marsh.

Active Travel Action Plan

First Posted 13 May  Welsh Government wants your views on its Active Travel Action Plan and related guidance.  Their ambition is that by 2020 10% of everyday journeys will be by bike and the plan recognises that changing our travel behaviour will rely on much more than infrastructure improvements.  Deadline for comments: 4 August 2014.

The Wales We Want

First posted 11 May  Information from Welsh Government on the National Conversation is available here – the Conversation links to the Future Generations Bill to be introduced in the coming summer.

LDPs Adopted

First posted 7 Mar  The County Council has formally adopted the Local Development Plan as modified by the Inspector.  It can be viewed here and replaces the Unitary Development Plan as the basis for land use decisions through our the county apart from the National Park which has its own adopted LDP here.

Recycling Improves

First posted 22 Feb  MCC report that between July and September last year recycling, reuse and composting rates in Monmouthshire reached 66%, the highest in Wales and well above the Welsh average of 57%.  Cabinet member Bryan Jones has thanked the public for their response to the collection changes introduced in July.