National Development Framework for Wales

The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee will be scrutinising the development and delivery of the Welsh Government’s National Development Framework for Wales (NDF).

This is a spatial planning document which is required under the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.

The Planning (Wales) Act 2015 (the Planning Act) requires the Welsh Ministers to develop a National Development Framework (NDF). The NDF will set out a 20 year land use framework and be reviewed at least every five years. The NDF is a major policy document – it will set national spatial policy, direct Strategic Development Plans and Local Development Plans, and inform Welsh Government decision-making on major planning applications.

In August 2019, the Welsh Government published its draft National Development Framework for consultation. Following the consultation, and in line with the requirements in the Planning Act, the draft NDF must be laid before the Senedd for consideration for a 60 day period (‘the Senedd consideration period’) before it is finalised. It is anticipated that the draft NDF will be laid in April 2020 and be finalised by September 2020.

The Committee has undertaken work on the draft NDF at an early stage, with a view to influencing its content, and informing future consideration of the draft by the Senedd.



Business type: Legislation

First published: 23/05/2018




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