Future Landscapes Wales was commissioned in October 2015 by the then Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant AM. A Future Landscapes Working Group was convened to consider the recommendations of the 2015 Marsden Report in more detail. The group published a report in May 2017.
The Alliance for Welsh Designated Landscapes (consisting of representatives of the three Welsh National Parks, AONBs and other bodies dedicated to protecting our areas of natural beauty) has submitted a considered response to the Future Landscapes Wales report.
Of most concern to the Alliance is that it does not build on the recommendations of the Marsden Report. In addition, the Welsh Government has ignored the Sandford Principle and the report makes no mention of the retention of Planning Powers by National Park Authorities. These and other concerns, including the poor quality of the report and the process for producing it can be read in the Alliance Response.