Mark Harris
Planning & Policy Advisor for Wales


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 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 and the lack of five year land supplies. More information can be found in the HBF Housing Delivery and the Plan-Led System paper published in July 2017.

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.

Five Year Land Supply Data

Table showing the current 5 year land supplies approved for 2017

LPA 5 yr land supply
Anglesey *
Blaenau Gwent 1.3
Brecon Beacons National Park 4.8
Bridgend 4
Caerphilly 2.1
Cardiff 3.6
Carmarthenshire 4.2
Ceredigion 2.6
Conwy 3.1
Denbighshire 1.8
Flintshire *
Gwynedd *
Merthyr 1.6
Monmouthshire 4.0
Neath Port Talbot 5.3
Newport 6.1
Pembrokeshire 5.1
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park 1.2
Powys *
RCT 1.3
Snowdonia National Park 3.6
Swansea *
Torfaen 3.6
Vale of Glamorgan *
Wrexham *

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


Appeal Ref: APP/A6835/A/17/3182034 Land at Hawarden Road, Flintshire.

Construction of 32 dwellings including 10 affordable units

The inspector concluded that the proposed development would cause little harm to the landscape or to the character and appearance of the area, that the development would make a useful contribution towards the much needed provision of housing in the area, and that it would be sustainable development, an important factor in the absence of a 5 year supply of housing land. Although it was considered the development would contribute towards a detrimental cumulative effect on social and community cohesion (in conjunction with growth due to other housing developments in the settlement constructed or granted planning permission in the last few years), this was substantially outweighed by the need for and the benefits of the development.


Help to Buy Wales

The current scheme is due to finish in 2021. The latest Help to Buy Figures show 6,497properties purchased since its introduction in January 2014 with 72% of them being first time buyers.

Housing Pact Wales

The Housing Pact Wales was launch by Lesley Griffiths Housing Minister and HBF Wales on the 21st September 2017 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.

10 Sep, 2018 (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Wales Planning Meeting