Answers to questions not reached in Plenary03/05/2023
Answers are published in the language in which they are provided, with a translation into English of responses provided in Welsh.
Questions For - Minister for Climate Change
Will the Minister make a statement on the Welsh Government's approach to local renewable energy generation?
We believe that a locally owned, renewables-based energy system helps to retain the socioeconomic benefits of our transition to the net-zero in Wales. To deliver this, we are scaling up our support for communities, public bodies and local businesses and we are setting up a new public sector renewable energy developer.
Will the Minister make a statement on the process of adopting local development plans?
All local planning authorities have a duty to prepare a local development plan as set out in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Twenty-four out of 25 LPAs have adopted their LDPs following receipt of the independent planning inspector concluding that the plan is sound.
Will the Minister provide an update on the role of noise reduction barriers on trunk roads adjacent to residential properties?
For developments alongside the strategic road network, it is for developers to install adequate noise mitigation in order to satisfy planning consent. Welsh Government will consider noise barriers, where required to address high-priority sites, but other measures such as resurfacing using low noise materials is a preferred, effective measure.
Questions For - Minister for Education and the Welsh Language
What is the Government doing to promote Welsh-medium education in South Wales East?
All local authorities are now implementing ambitious strategic plans to increase their Welsh in education provision over the next 10 years. I've recently approved funding for a new regional Welsh-medium education promotion champion to work specifically in South Wales East. We are also currently consulting on a Welsh language education Bill.