What steps is the Welsh Government taking to improve planning and consenting for the ports sector?

Answered by Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language | Answered on 22/05/2024

I recognise the importance of planning and consenting for the ports and businesses looking to invest in port side infrastructure, particularly around marine energy opportunities.  We have spent considerable time reviewing the consenting process and the steps we can take to deliver a modern and speedier consenting regime.

You will be aware the Senedd has passed stage 4 of the Infrastructure (Wales) Bill (and is awaiting Royal Assent), which will establish a new consenting process for major infrastructure projects in Wales, including significant energy, waste, water and transport, projects.

This bill will streamline the decision-making process, helping to support port investment and development, to ensure that our ports are ready to take advantage of opportunities such as offshore wind projects.