Data blog: Welsh local development plan coverage improves

This week the Welsh government published a document showing the progress of Wales' local planning authorities in preparing local development plans.

According to the document, as of 24 October 2014, 14 of Wales' 24 local planning authorities - or 58.3 per cent - now have an adopted local development plan in place.

This is an improvement on the position in October 2013, when only 11 local planning authorities in Wales (45.8 per cent) had an adopted local development plan in place. According to the Welsh government's document, local planning authorities to have adopted local development plans since the 2013 update are Monmouthshire (pictured, plan adopted February 2014), Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (adopted December 2013) and Torfaen (adopted December 2013).

A number of measures in the Welsh government's planning bill, scheduled to take effect next year, related to local development plans. These include a provision for adopted plans to have an end date beyond which they will be deemed to have expired. Next year's update on local development progress could give an early indication of planning authorities' response to the bill. View Welsh local planning authorities’ progress in preparing development plans on the interactive map below.

Authorities shaded in red have an adopted local development plan, according to the Welsh government’s data, while those shaded in grey have yet to adopt one. Click on a local authority to view the latest status of its plan.

Note: the map does not include data for Wales’ national park authorities. The latest status of these authorities’ LDPs is listed below: - Brecon Beacons National Park: adopted, December 2013 - Pembrokeshire Coast National Park: adopted, September 2010 - Snowdonia National Park: adopted, July 2011

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