Carngafallt RSPB reserve, Powys, wales, UK. Aerial view, August 2007.

Wales

The planning system in Wales was recently reformed via the Planning (Wales) Act 2015).

Planning in Wales

The planning system in Wales was recently reformed via the Planning (Wales) Act 2015).

The reforms included strengthening the plan-led approach through the new National Development Framework and Strategic Development Plans, as well as introducing some changes to the development management system, such as introducing a statutory pre-application procedure for certain categories of planning application.

They also insert a statutory sustainable development purpose to planning and development control functions of public bodies including the Welsh Ministers and local planning authorities.