National Welsh Planning Policy

The PPW11 was published in February 2021.

"PPW will deliver the vision of the Wales we want set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act: a more prosperous Wales, a resilient Wales, which supports healthy, functioning ecosystems and recognises the limits of the global environment, a healthier Wales, a more equal Wales, a Wales of more cohesive communities, a Wales of vibrant culture and a globally responsible Wales. The concept of placemaking introduced in this policy is a key element to deliver on the aspirations of the Act and drive plan making and development management decisions."

The Development Plans Manual Edition3 was published in March 2020.

‘The Manual’, is an online reference document for practitioners who are responsible for, or contribute to, the preparation and implementation of development plans. It contains practical guidance on how to prepare, monitor and revise a development plan, underpinned by robust evidence to ensure that plans are effective and deliverable and contribute to placemaking, as defined in national policy set out in Planning Policy Wales (PPW).

Building Better Places

Welsh Government  published Building Better Places on the 16th July 2020 in order to pinpoint the most relevant policy priorities contained in PPW that will aid in the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and help to achieve our goal of building those sustainable, resilient and, ultimately, better places we all want to live in. More information can be found here

Help to buy

The current scheme application deadline date is the  31st March 2021 with all properties having to be  completed by the Longstop Date of 23rd December 2021. The latest Help to Buy Figures (April 2019) show 8,731 properties purchased since its introduction in January 2014 with 76% of them being first time buyers.  HBF are currently working with WG to secure a further two year extension as in England but until a formal an announcement is made in England Wales will not extend the scheme.  A number of changes to the scheme are being considered by WG.

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