Written Assembly Questions tabled on 21 September 2017 for answer on 28 September 2017
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Steffan Lewis (South Wales East): How much publicly-owned land and property has the Welsh Government earmarked for development and what will be the nature of such development? (WAQ74235)
Answer received on 27 September 2017
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government (Mark Drakeford): The responsibility and control for the designation of land and property for development (including publicly owned assets) sits with local planning authorities. Local planning authorities in Wales have a statutory duty to prepare a local development plan within the framework set by national planning policy.
The Welsh Government provides support to public bodies so that public land can be brought forward for development. I refer you to the recently published report on the Welsh Public Sector Collaborative Estate Initiative – Cwm Taf pilot, which was funded by the Welsh Government.
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary confirm the total cost to the Welsh Government of the proposed Northern Access Road to the Aerospace Business Park in St Athan, and set out all of the factors taken into consideration when determining the viability of the project? (WAQ74236)
Answer received on 26 September 2017
The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure (Ken Skates): The total cost to the Welsh Government of the proposed Northern Access Road to the Aerospace Business Park in St Athan cannot be confirmed as final bids from the contractors, shortlisted to respond, are yet to be received.
The viability for the Northern Access Road is founded on the Welsh Government's commitment to delivering the aspirations of the Cardiff Airport and St Athan Enterprise Zone of which the Aerospace Business Park is a fundamental part.
Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire): What discussions has the Cabinet Secretary had with her Westminster counterparts to ensure that any UK-wide environmental frameworks pay due regard to the devolved Wellbeing and Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016, post-Brexit? (WAQ74234)
Answer received on 3 October 2017
The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (Lesley Griffiths): I will write to you as soon as possible and a copy of my letter will be published on the internet.