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 housebuilding 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 imminent changes to building regulations, development viability, slow progress of development plans and the implications of the new Flood and Water Management Act.
For further information, please contact:
Planning and Policy Advisor – Wales
Phone: 02920 751076
Mobile: 07770 752884