A new consultation was published in June 2017 under the heading “Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources” proposes a wide-ranging set of changes which potentially impact on those who own and manage land.
Whilst the consultation aspires to achieve a more cohesive approach to the management of natural resources, the perceived needs of society at large may compromise private property rights.
The scope of the consultation is extremely broad ranging from proposed amendments to Local Authorities powers to enforce domestic waste recycling rules through to enabling cycling and horse riding on footpaths without placing additional burdens of maintenance and liability on the local authority.
In summary key proposals deal with: Forestry (Chapter 2) including changes relating to felling licenses and new delegated powers for NRW; Designated Landscapes (Chapter 3) alignment of the general purpose of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the sustainable management of natural resources and improved governance arrangements; Access to Outdoors (Chapter 4) including allowing for a broad range of non-motorized recreation on paths, open country and inland water and enabling cycling and horse riding on footpaths; Agriculture (Chapter 9) seeking views on a proposal to extend the jurisdiction of the Agricultural Land Tribunal Wales (ALTW) so that matters currently compulsorily referable to arbitration (under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986) can instead be determined by the Tribunal.
The closing date for comments on the consultation is 30 September 2017. The link for the consultation can be found here.