Environment, rural affair and regeneration: Delivering in Government

In government, Plaid has:

  • worked closely with the industry to increase the prosperity of family farms;

  • taken firm and decisive action to deal with the threat of TB in Welsh cattle;

  • launched the Rural Development Plan 2007-13 with a budget of £795 million;

  • announced the successor to the Tir Mynydd scheme – Glastir, a sustainable land management scheme – with £89 million a year of funding;

  • developed the Young Entrants Support Scheme for young farmers;

  • published a Deep Rural Localities Report and implemented actions to help deep rural areas;

  • maintained restrictions on growing GM crops in Wales;

  • launched a Local Sourcing Action Plan as well as developing a Local Procurement Food Charter and increasing support for farmers' markets in Wales;

  • established the Climate Change Commission for Wales;

  • created and supported indigenous woodlands, with the planting of more than 112,000 trees in Monmouthshire, Gwynedd and Blaenau Gwent;

  • created the Low Carbon Research Institute which aims to build research capacity and establish Wales as an internationally competitive centre for low carbon research;

  • announced a £34 million programme to drive forward cutting-edge research to secure a low carbon future for Wales, create green jobs and help business to develop sustainable products and technologies;

  • scrapped unsustainable plans to build an M4 relief road on environmental and financial grounds;

  • set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3% per year in areas of devolved competence;

  • published the first ever Climate Change Strategy for Wales, the energy strategy, 'A Low Carbon Revolution: Wales' Energy Policy Statement', and the National Energy Efficiency and Saving Plan, explaining the actions the Welsh government will take to ensure Wales develops a successful low-carbon-energy based economy;

  • committed to review TAN8;

  • published a Waste Strategy for Wales with increased funding of £14 million in 2010-11 for better waste management;

  • announced £1.5 million of funding to continue work on the All-Wales Coastal Path;

Housing and regeneration

  • provided more than 4235 affordable homes. We remain on target to deliver 6,500 extra affordable homes by May 2011;

  • achieved the devolution of building regulations to the National Assembly for Wales;

  • established £1 million in pilot schemes for First-Time Buyer Grants;

  • allocated £3 billion to achieve and maintain the Welsh Housing Quality Standard;

  • released Welsh government land for affordable housing to address shortfalls in affordable housing supply and provide contracts for the development industry;

  • been developing a Welsh Housing Investment Trust (previously referred to as the Housing Bond) which would increase the volume of affordable housing in Wales and create jobs in the construction industry;

  • secured more than £100 million of funding for housing-led regeneration and social housing build;

  • implemented rules to ensure that all sizeable new housing schemes must include some social housing, as well as requiring local authorities to publish delivery plans for affordable housing schemes;

  • promoted the expansion of Community Land Trusts;

  • provided extra funding to the Supporting People Programme, delivering housing-related support to vulnerable people;

  • established the 'Arbed' Strategic Energy Performance Investment Programme to tackle fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency;

  • launched the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales;

  • invested millions in homelessness services and launched a Homelessness Plan;

  • established an incredibly successful Welsh government Mortgage Rescue Scheme, preventing more than 1000 people from losing their homes.