Report on the draft National Development Framework - Wales

A National Assembly for Wales Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee report intends to inform the development of the final version of the National Development Framework (NDF), the draft of which was published for consultation by the Welsh Government in August 2019.

The Welsh Government has described the purpose of the NDF as:

  • setting out where nationally important growth and infrastructure is needed and how the planning system can deliver it; providing direction for Strategic Development Plans (SDPs) and Local Development Plans (LDPs);
  • supporting determination of applications under the Developments of National Significance (DNS) regime;
  •  supporting national economic, transport, environmental, housing, energy and cultural strategies and ensuring they can be delivered through the planning system; and
  • sitting alongside Planning Policy Wales (PPW), which sets out the Welsh Government’s national planning policies and will continue to provide the context for land use planning.

Work to develop the NDF began in 2016 and the Welsh Government has published a timeline showing the various stages of development:

  • Evidence gathering and engagement to develop the vision, objectives and options for the NDF (October 2016 – March 2018);
  • Publishing and consulting on issues, options and the NDF preferred option, supported by environmental reports and assessments (April 2018 – July 2018);
  • Considering responses to the preferred option consultation and preparing the draft NDF (July 2018 – August 2019);
  • Consulting on the draft NDF, considering responses and preparing a consultation report (August 2019 – March 2020);
  • Consideration of the draft NDF by the National Assembly for Wales for statutory 60-day consultation period (April – June 2020); and

The Welsh Government consulted on its preferred option for the NDF between April and July 2018. Rather than consult on a draft version of the NDF, the Welsh Government consulted on a vision, objectives and preferred option to provide the basis for developing the draft NDF.

The final version of the NDF is expected to be published in September 2020.

Author: National Assembly for Wales

Date: December 2019 Date of publication

This item updates DCP section 4.2

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