The Planning (Wales) Bill

A Planning (Wales) Bill was introduced on 6 October 2014 by Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Natural Resources.

The key purposes of the Bill are to:

  • Strengthen the plan-led approach to planning. The Bill introduces a new legal framework for the Welsh Ministers to prepare a national land use plan, to be known as the National Development Framework for Wales. The framework will set out national land use priorities and infrastructure requirements for Wales.
  • Make provision for the production of Strategic Development Plans, to tackle larger-than-local cross-boundary issues, such as housing supply and areas for economic growth and regeneration.
  • Make provision for pre-application consultation, and to require local planning authorities to provide pre-application services.
  • Provide for planning applications for nationally-significant projects to be made to the Welsh Ministers. Applicants for planning permission will also be able to apply to the Welsh Ministers for planning permission where a local planning authority is deemed to be poorly performing.
  • Reform the development management system to streamline procedures, to ensure that applications are dealt with promptly, providing certainty for developers and communities.
  • Improve enforcement and appeal procedures. Changes are also made in relation to the recovery of costs for parties involved in planning cases.
  • Make changes in relation to applications to register town and village greens.

The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Environment and Sustainability Committee. The Bill is currently at Stage 1 where the committee considers general principles of the Bill.

Details on the bill are given in the legislative programme section of the Welsh Government website, and the progress of the bill is provided by the National Assembly of Wales. There is an accompanying press release:  "Landmark Planning Bill introduced"

Date: 06/10/2014 Date of publication

Author: Welsh Government

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 4.2

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