Planning in Wales is devolved to the Senedd Cymru (Welsh Parliament) and as a result, the planning system is different from that operating in England. The most notable differences are in National Guidance, Planning Policy Wales 11 (PPW), the Technical advice notes (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 FMB and RTPI and other professional organisations in order to represent the interests of the industry.
Current issues of concern to the house building industry in Wales are, development viability, slow progress of development plans and their reviews.
The Planning (Wales) Bill received Royal Consent on the 6th July 2015 making it the first time Wales has had its own Planning Act. Various pieces of the secondary legislation has now been enacted, including the requirement for pre-application consultation and production of a Pre-application Consultation Report [PAC] report.