Integrity review of planning records taking place following PEDW transfer

The Welsh Conservative housing spokesperson and Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders MS, has criticised the Welsh Government following confirmation that detailed checks are having to be undertaken to review the integrity of records following the transfer to the administration’s new Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW) system.

The revelation came via a reply to the Member’s recent letter to the Minister for Climate Change in which Janet called for urgent action so that live appeals and casework can continue to be actioned.

Last month, Mrs Finch-Saunders was made privy to correspondence from an official, which stated:

“Whilst we are undergoing this transition period from the Planning Inspectorate Wales into PEDW we are without full access to our new casework system, or our documents.”

Commenting on the new revelation, Janet said:

“It seems to me that this bureaucratic transition is continuing to cause a serious crisis as officials are without full access to the new casework system and documents, and as such, are unable to provide essential information on live appeals to concerned residents and businesses. “Whilst I appreciate that, should the documents not be available to view by either LPA public file, email or hard copy in good time ahead of a deadline, PEDW will consider setting later deadlines as allowed for in legislation, I am deeply dissatisfied with the interim measures in place. “The delay enabling public access to these records appears to have caught the Welsh Government by surprise, given the complexity of the transition. I know that that the present clear delay in correspondence being provided is concerning many, especially since this vital information used to be accessible online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “It is simply unacceptable that records will not be online until the end of the year. The Minister must consider fast-tracking the work on the website, otherwise individuals may continue to struggle to access information and as such serious consideration will have to be given to halting appeals.”


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