The Welsh government has published a Planning Bill aimed to “strengthen and modernise” the planning process in Wales. Some of the proposals are outlined below.

  • Allowing Welsh ministers to decide planning applications if a local planning authority (LPA) is performing below expectations, and to direct LPSs to work together.
  • Submitting planning applications to the Welsh Ministers for determination in the first instance.
  • A national developing framework, which will lay out the Welsh government’s land-use priorities.
  • Improving engagement with local communities by inrtroducing a statutory pre-application consultation process for significant planning applications.