The planning system shapes the communities around us, including the homes we live in, our energy infrastructure, our transport system and our countryside. But the system can be confusing.
We’ve updated our series of guides which give a quick overview of the main aspects of the system.
Members and their staff regularly receive questions from constituents about planning, such as: how planning policy is made; whether planning permission is needed for a project; how a decision can be appealed; what’s a Section 106 agreement and how communities can have a say on a major development proposal in their area.
Our quick guide series provides the answers to these questions and more.
This quick guide to national planning policy in Wales describes the legislative framework for the planning system and introduces the key national planning documents: Planning Policy Wales and Future Wales: the National Plan 2040.
Our local planning policy guide describes how Local Development Plans are prepared and includes information on the new category of “Strategic Development Plan”.
This quick guide sets out the types of development that don’t need permission and explains what permitted development is.
This quick guide explains what planning permission is, describes the different types of planning permission and sets out how planning decisions are made
Our quick guide provides an overview of the process for calling in planning applications and describes the circumstances under which the Welsh Government will consider calling in an application.
This quick guide provides an overview of the planning appeals process. It describes the grounds on which an appeal can be made, sets out the process for considering appeals and what can be done if an appeal is unsuccessful.
This quick guide sets out what enforcement is, when enforcement action can take place, types of enforcement action, time limits, Welsh Government enforcement, and appeals against enforcement action
This quick guide provides an overview of the planning process surrounding telecommunications equipment.
Our quick guide on small scale renewables looks at how this sort of development is controlled, what kind of equipment is considered permitted development, and when a planning application is required.
This quick guide gives an overview of EIA -a procedure that ensures the environmental implications of developments are taken into account before planning decisions are made.
Our Community Infrastructure Levy quick guide explains the purpose of the CIL, how it may be implemented and enforced and highlights key differences between the CIL and S106 agreements.
Our S106 agreements quick guide explains the purpose of S106 agreements and sets out how they may be agreed, used and enforced.
This quick guide provides an overview of what DNS are, the process of consenting for them and how communities are involved in the DNS process.
This quick guide provides a background to CPOs, the powers that can be used to implement a CPO and which authorities can do so. It also describes the objection process, compensation and devolution of CPOs.
This quick guide outlines what an HRA is, when it is required, what is involved during the stages of an HRA and how a decision can be challenged.
Article by Francesca Howorth, Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament