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The Size and Composition of Local Planning Authority Committees (Wales) Regulations 2017

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1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is The Size and Composition of Local Planning Authority Committees (Wales) Regulations 2017 and they come into force on 5 May 2017.

(2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations—

“the 1990 Act” (“Deddf 1990”) means the Town and Country Planning Act 1990;

“committee” (“pwyllgor”) includes a sub-committee of a relevant authority;

“electoral ward” (“ward etholiadol”) means any area for which members are elected to a local authority;

“local authority” (“awdurdod lleol”) means —

(a)

a county council in Wales;

(b)

a county borough council in Wales;

“multiple member ward(1)” (“ward amlaelod”) means an electoral ward in respect of which more than one member is elected for that ward; and

“relevant authority” (“awdurdod perthnasol”) means a relevant local planning authority(2).

Size of committee

3.  The following requirements are prescribed for the purposes of section 319ZB of the 1990 Act.

4.—(1) A relevant authority is to appoint to a committee of the authority by which a relevant function is to be discharged(3)—

(a)no fewer than 11 of its members; and

(b)no more than 21 of its members.

(2) Paragraph (1) is subject to regulation 5.

5.—(1) This regulation applies to a relevant authority which is—

(a)a county council or county borough council; or

(b)a joint planning board(4).

(2) The number of members appointed to a committee in accordance with regulation 4 must not exceed half of the total number of members of the relevant authority, rounded up to the nearest whole number.

Multiple member wards

6.—(1) In the case of a multiple member ward, only one of the local authority members of that ward is eligible for appointment to a committee of a relevant authority.

(2) Paragraph (1) is subject to paragraph (3).

(3) Paragraph (1) does not apply to a local authority which is comprised solely of multiple member wards.

Jane Hutt

One of the Welsh Ministers

21 March 2017

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