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Policy & Activities

Wales Planning

Planning in Wales is devolved to the National Assembly for Wales and as a result the planning system is different to that operating in England.  The most notable differences are in National Guidance (PPW and TANs) and the development plan system (LDPs).

A further key difference is the two tier system of governance as in Wales all authorities are unitary.  There are 22 unitary authorities and 3 National Parks.

As a major stakeholder the HBF represents the house building industry on a number of national and local fora producing policy, guidance and good practice advice. The HBF also works with a number of fellow trade federations including the CBI and CML and professional organisations in order to represent the interests of the industry.

Current issues of concern to the house building industry in Wales are the proposed introduction of fire sprinklers, development viability, slow progress of development plans and the implications of the Flood and Water Management Act.

Following consultation on the draft Bill in December 2013 the Planning (Wales) Bill was introduced to the National Assembly for Wales on the 6th October 2014 and received Royal Consent on the 6th July 2015 making it the first time Wales has had its own Planning Act .  There is a large amount of secondary legislation required to fully implement the Act and the HBF continue to be consulted on and provide responses on these as required.

Table showing the current 5 year land supplies approved for 2015


5 yr land supply



Blaenau Gwent


Brecon Beacons National Park

















Not started







Neath Port Talbot






Pembrokeshire Coast National Park






Snowdonia National Park






Vale of Glamorgan


*unable to carry out a 5 year land supply calculation as no adopted plan in place.


Appeal Ref: APP/Z6815/A/14/2229933 

Site address: Land to the north of Bridge Road, Old St Mellons, Cardiff

The developer has judicially reviewed the decision.

Local Plans

Cardiff LDP

Further proposed Matters Arising Changes (MAC) consultation

Following the additional hearing sessions 20 to 26 held on 28 and 29 September 2015, there were a number of action points arising (ED044) which The Council have now responded to in their Statements (ED045) as published on the Examination Documents webpage.  As a result there are  further proposed Matters Arising Changes 'MACs' which the Council are currently  consulting on this ends on the 26 November 2015. The submission date of the Inspectors' Report to the Council will be confirmed in due course.  

Publication of the Positive Planning Implementation Plan

Brings together the various improvement projects / programmes and supporting secondary legislation to be delivered and sets out the priorities and timescales for delivery

Vale of Glamorgan LDP

Inquiry starts on the 19th January 2016 and runs to the 21st April 2016.

The Ministers of the Welsh Government have appointed Planning Inspector, Mr Richard Jenkins BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI to conduct the independent Examination.

Neath Port Talbot LDP

Inspectors report received by the Council who anticipated adoption of the Plan on 27th January 2016.

Relevant documents and correspondence submitted in relation to the Examination can be viewed/downloaded from the examination documents webpage.         


Welsh Government publish research into stalled sites and S106 agreements

Please click here to view:

This report identifies and quantifies all sites that are stalled as a result of issues relating to a Section 106 agreement. It also examines the reasons why these sites are stalled. Although the research concluded that there was not a single solution to the cause of delays to sites where Section 106 agreements are involved it made the following recommendations to:

  • improve the transparency of the Section 106 agreement system
  • encourage greater awareness and knowledge of processes within it
  • reduce some of the delays currently experienced.

Research commissioned by the Welsh Government in 2014 identified delays in completing Section 106 agreements as a barrier to the delivery of housing. This follow-up research was commissioned to gain an understanding of the extent of developments that are stalled due to Section 106 agreements and the reasons for this. The study noted that at least 7,600 homes were currently stalled by the S!)^ process.

Help to Buy Wales

The current scheme was due to finish on the 31 March 2016, however a deed of variation has just been agreed by Finance Wales which allows the scheme to be extended till the end of 2016 (subject to the original fund not running out). Help to buy wales 2 was announced on the 10th December with a commitment of £290m to 2021 and an aim to fund over 6000 properties, the cap has remained at £300K. The latest Help to Buy Figures show 2,235 properties purchased with 76% of them being first time buyers. The current scheme was extended so the two will overlap allowing all of the money from the first scheme to be used to deliver an estimated 5000 purchases.

Housing Pact Wales

The Housing Pact Wales was launch by Lesley Griffiths Housing Minister and HBF Wales on the 21st September at the Barry Waterfront.  Representative of four National House builders, including three who are building on the site, attended and were able to accompany Lesley on a brief tour of the new housing.  The Launch received reasonable media coverage and subsequently has been raised during First Minister question time.


For further information, please contact:

Mark Harris

Planning and Policy Advisor - Wales

07770 752 884 


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