Welsh Government consultation on frontloading the development management system

The Welsh Government is consulting on detailed proposals for the new pre-application procedures that are provided for in the Planning (Wales) Bill.

The new procedures aim to make the development management system (the planning application process) more effective and efficient by "frontloading" – ensuring applicants are aware of any significant issues before submitting a planning application.

This consultation views are sought on how powers provided in the Planning (Wales) Bill and the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 can help to improve service delivery from statutory consultees.

The Planning (Wales) Bill introduces new pre-application provisions that:

  1. place a duty on applicants to carry out pre-application consultation with the community and statutory consultees for major developments, and
  2. require local planning authorities (LPAs) to provide pre-application services to applicants.

Other provisions in both the Planning (Wales) Bill and the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 place duties on statutory consultees to provide "substantive" consultation responses within specified timescales.

These provisions are designed to "frontload" the development management system, allowing significant issues to be raised before planning applications are submitted and providing the community with an opportunity to provide views to developers at an early stage in the planning process.

Comments should be submitted by 16 January 2015.

Date: Start of consultation: 06/10/2014

          End of consultation: 16/01/2015

Author: Welsh Government

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 5.12

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