Planning (Wales) Act 2015

The Planning Act sets out a series of legislative changes to deliver reform of the planning system in Wales. To ensure fairness, resilience and enable development the Act has 5 key objectives.

  • A modernised up to date¬† framework for the delivery of planning services including for the provision of new powers by Welsh Government.
  • Strengthening the plan led approach for a National Development Framework and Strategic development plans.
  • Improved resilience- to ensure local planning authorities to work more closely together or to be merged.
  • Frontloading to improve the development management system.
  • Enabling effective enforcement and appeals

Taken together these should deliver two major outcomes for Wales:

  • Support the delivery of homes, jobs and infrastructure
  • Provide opportunities to protect and enhance the most important built and natural environments in Wales.