Author: gweinyddwr

  • Port Talbot; strategic domestic manufacturing

    Port Talbot; strategic domestic manufacturing

    This is a guest post by Dr Jen Baxter, Deputy Chair of NICW Tata’s closure The news that Tata Steel will close both blast furnaces at its Port Talbot steelworks within the next 18 months and replace them with an electric arc furnace (around 2027) will significantly reduce the UK’s ability to be self-sufficient in…

  • Leaving Twitter

    Leaving Twitter

    Twitter (renamed to X but still widely known as Twitter) has been a seemingly essential part of the world of public affairs, digital discourse and communication for more than a decade. As with other social media platforms, it is often used ‘by default’, without much consideration for ethical issues. NICW has a Twitter account; with…

  • Four-country coordination on grid

    Four-country coordination on grid

    On 2 August 2023 NICW wrote to Ministers in different parts of the UK on the need for greater coordination on grid issues. Julie James MSMinister for Climate Change, Welsh GovernmentCorrespondence. Julie.James@gov.wales  The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MPSecretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, UK GovernmentSecretary.State@beis.gov.uk  Gillian Martin MSPMinister for Energy and the…

  • Infrastructure Bill Wales

    Infrastructure Bill Wales

    NICW has written to the Senedd Committee for Climate Change, Environment and Infrastructure in response to their consultation on the Infrastructure Wales Bill. We were delighted to be able to offer a joint opinion in partnership with the Commissioner for Future Generations in Wales, Derek Walker. Dear Chair Infrastructure (Wales) Bill – Climate Change, Environment,…

  • Progress on flooding

    Progress on flooding

    NICW has written to Welsh Government to provide an update on our activity on flooding. Julie James MSMinister for Climate ChangeWelsh Government 9 June 2023 Dear Minister We are writing to you to update on the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales’ work on flooding and, in particular, the Co-operation Agreement commitment which asks us to…

  • Biodiversity in planning policy

    Biodiversity in planning policy

    Welsh Government recently consulted on draft policy changes to Planning Policy Wales that strengthen the requirement to incorporated nature-positive elements within the policy. Dr Jen Baxter, Deputy Chair of NICW, drafted the Commission’s response to the proposed changes. 25 May 2023 Dear Sir / Madam Targeted policy changes to Planning Policy Wales on Net benefit…

  • How are we doing?

    How are we doing?

    Although the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales has been in existence since 2018, this iteration of it is relatively young; the current set of Commissioners took up their posts a year ago. A year is a good period to have started to make real progress; that’s why we think it’s the right time to ask…

  • Our values

    Our values

    The NICW values Values are important to us as individuals, and to organisations. They help us define the things that are important to us. They guide our activities, shape prioritisation of limited personal and institutional resources, and can help people understand why we do the things we do. This iteration of the National Infrastructure Commission…

  • Response to TAN 15 consultation

    Response to TAN 15 consultation

    Ein cyf/Our ref: NICW/23/TAN15 TAN 15 Consultation,Planning Policy Branch,Welsh Government,Cathays Park,Cardiff CF10 3NQ E-mail: planconsultations-j@gov.wales 17 April 2023 Dear Sir / Madam Technical Advice Note (TAN)15: Development, flooding and coastal erosion – further amendments consultation Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the latest TAN15 consultation. NICW’s role is to provide advice to the Welsh…

  • Reviewing the Roads Review

    Reviewing the Roads Review

    NICW Roads Review response This document is our response to the publication of the Roads Review (1). We also note the accompanying National Transport Delivery Plan (2). Planning and Finance The National Infrastructure Commission for Wales considers the needs and role of infrastructure in Wales from approximately 2030-2100. The roads considered within the Roads Review…