Night time economy framework »The framework aims to help develop a sustainable, healthy and safe night time economy in Wales.Learn more »
Our special relationship must boost trade and remove barriers - First Minister’s message ahead of United States visit
First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones is travelling to America today to meet with political representatives and business leaders in Washington and New York.
- Appointments to board of Social Care Wales announced
- Have your say on a new Rail Service for Wales
- Our special relationship must boost trade and remove barriers - First Minister’s message ahead of United States visit
Section highlightLandfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme
The scheme will support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.
Final Budget 2017-18 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2017-18 is £15bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
Upcoming calendar »
See the schedule for all statistics and research releases.
Planning (Wales) Act 2015
The Planning (Wales) Act gained Royal Assent on 6 July 2015.
The act (external link) sets out a series of legislative changes to deliver reform of the planning system in Wales, to ensure that it is fair, resilient and enables development.
The act addresses 5 key objectives:
- a modernised framework for the delivery of planning services – the act introduces powers to allow planning applications to be made directly to Welsh Ministers in limited circumstances
- strengthening the plan led approach – the act introduces a legal basis for the preparation of a National Development Framework and Strategic Development Plans
- improved resilience – the act will allow the Welsh Ministers to direct local planning authorities to work together and for local planning authorities to be merged
- frontloading and improving the development management system – the act will introduce a statutory pre application procedure for defined categories of planning application
- enabling effective enforcement and appeals – the act enables changes to enforcement procedures to secure prompt, meaningful action against breaches of planning control and increase the transparency and efficiency of the appeal system.
- support delivery of the homes, jobs and infrastructure that Wales requires
- provide opportunities to protect and enhance our most important built and natural environments
- support the use of the Welsh language.
- Sustainable Development
- Development Planning
- Applications for Welsh Ministers
- Development Management
- Enforcement and Appeals
- Town and Village Greens.
We have produced a document which explains the links between the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Bill. This was produced during the drafting and scrutiny of the respective items of legislation.