Planning services in Wales are struggling to manage a complex system in the face of insufficient capacity and reducing resources. That’s according to a new report issued by the Auditor General for Wales.
The report shows that all planning services have seen budget cuts of 50% in the last ten years, considering inflation.
With less money to fund services, planning officer capacity is stretched and skills are decreasing in key areas. Furthermore, the number of trainees entering planning has fallen in recent years, raising concerns over the long-term sustainability of services.
The report also brings together public views from a Wales-wide survey, where a growing disconnect was found between what people want from their planning authority and what their planning authority is able to deliver.