National Welsh Planning Policy

National Welsh Planning Policy

Since 2002, Planning Policy Wales (PPW) has been the single national land-use planning policy document for Wales. Legislative changes brought about by the Planning (Wales) Act, Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act and Environment (Wales) Act have meant that we need to ensure that PPW remains up to date and assist planners, at all levels and sectors, in delivering high quality development in Wales.

The PPW10 was published in December 2018.

"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 has been updated to take account of significant changes to planning legislation and national policy since the LDP Manual (Edition 2) was published in 2015. The most significant changes are:

  • The Planning Wales (Act) (PWA) 2015
  • The Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015
  • Planning Policy Wales (PPW) (Edition 10, December 2018).

We want your views on the revised guidance document for practitioners involved in the preparation and implementation of development plans. Consultation 7 June to 30 August 2019. Please get in touch with Mark Harris,


Technical Advice Notes

Planning Policy Wales is supplemented by 22 topic based Technical Advice Notes (TANs).  A list of current Technical Advice Notes can be found here