Local Development Plans and Population/Household numbers

Terms of Reference


To examine the practical feasibility of Local Planning Authorities in Wales being able to produce their own population and household forecasts, including being able to produce sufficient evidence to defend these as the basis of housing land allocations in their Local Development Plans, or whether in reality they are being constrained to use the Welsh Government’s trend-based Population and Household Projections.  


Issues to cover


  • The extent to which Local Planning Authorities have been involved in developing and are supportive of the assumptions behind the Welsh Government’s projections.
  • The technical and resource requirements for Local Planning Authorities being able to prepare their own policy based forecasts, including being able to compile sufficient evidence to defend these at a Local Development Plan Examination in Public.
  • How far Local Planning Authorities have been collaborating at a regional or sub-regional level on forecasting work as an input to Local Development Plans.
  • The extent to which the time taken to agree local population and housing numbers is responsible for delays in bringing forward Local Development Plans.
  • How revised projections to be produced in 2013, based on the results of the 2011 Census of Population, will be taken into account in the Local Development Plan process.

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 06/08/2013




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