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Dear Chief Planning Officers (CPOs) Letters

Chief Planning Officer (CPO) letters provide advice, guidance and updates on particular planning issues.

These letters are issued to all Chief Planning Officers by Planning Division as and when required.

Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme (ESMCP)

18/07/17
This letter concerns the rollout of the ESMCP and how its requirements should be addressed by the planning system in Wales.
 

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs regarding the future of the online aviation safeguarding tool

20/06/17
The Cabinet Secretary has written to local planning authorities to advise them about the future of the online aviation safeguarding tool used for the assessment of domestic wind turbines under permitted development rights.
 

Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016

26/05/17
This letter and associated annexes provides information on implementation of the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and associated matters.
 

Supporting the Night Time Economy and the Agent of Change Principle

26/05/17
This letter sets out the intention to adopt the agent of change principle into future editions of Planning Policy Wales.
 

Appeals, Costs, Standard Daily Amounts and Compulsory Purchase Orders

05/05/17
This letter and associated annexes announce the coming into force of changes to legislation and guidance for appeals, costs, standard daily amounts and compulsory purchase orders.
 

The Town and Country (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Wales) Regulations 2017

26/04/17
This letter provides information on changes to the process of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for town and country planning.
 

The Size and Composition of Planning Committees

04/04/17
This letter provides guidance on the commencement of section 39 of the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 so far as it relates to the size and composition of planning committees.
 

Transfer of the Development Advice Map

22/03/17
This letter announces the Development Advice Map has been moved to Natural Resources Wales.
 

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs regarding the delivery of affordable homes through the planning system.

23/02/17
This letter concerns the delivery of affordable homes through the planning system.
 

Publication of Planning Policy Wales Edition 9, November 2016

17/11/16
This letter introduces the changes to Planning Policy Wales published in Edition 9 in November 2016.
 

Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016

19/05/16
Changes to the planning legislation as a consequence of the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016.
 

The Town and Country Planning (Notification) (Underground Coal Gasification) (Wales) Direction 2016

22/03/16
The Minister for Natural Resources has announced a new Notification Direction regarding Underground Coal Gasification.
 

Renewable Energy Projects

16/03/16
The Minister for Natural Resources has written to local planning authorities regarding the assessment of renewable energy and low carbon projects.
 

Publication of Technical Advice Note 12: Design (2016) and Guidance on Site and Context Analysis

16/03/16
This letter introduces changes to Technical Advice Note (TAN) 12: Design and guidance on site and context analysis published in March 2016.
 

Developments of National Significance

01/03/16
This letter announces the coming into force of the Developments of National Significant (DNS) process and highlights the key changes.
 

New development management procedures

01/02/16
This letter and associated annexes provide guidance on a number of provisions resulting from the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.
 

Agricultural Land Classification Reports

13/01/16
This letter to local planning authorities highlights the Agricultural Land Classification report validation service provided by the Welsh Government.
 

Energy Policies in Local Development Plans

10/12/15
The Minister for Natural Resources has written to local planning authorities regarding his expectations for energy policies in local development plans.
 

Publication of the Positive Planning Implementation Plan

10/12/15
This letter announces the publication of the Positive Planning Implementation Plan.
 

Planning (Wales) Act 2015 (Commencement Orders 1 and 2)

07/12/15
The Minister for Natural Resources has signed, and thereby made the above named orders on 5 October and 2 December, respectively.
 

Environmental Public Health Service and the Planning Process

02/11/15
This letter draws attention to the work being done to support the planning process by the Environmental Public Health Service in Wales.
 

Planning for renewable and low carbon energy

21/09/15
This letter announces the publication of an updated version of the ‘Renewable Energy Toolkit for Planners’.
 

Letter regarding Welsh Government approach to shale gas applications

14/08/15
The Minister for Natural Resources has written to planning stakeholders (including local planning authorities) following the UK Government’s announcement on 13 August 2015 regarding decision making on shale gas applications.
 

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications and Site Visits) (Wales) Regulations 2015

14/08/15
This letter announces that new fee regulations will come into force on 01 October 2015. It also includes guidance on the main amendments to the legislation.
 

Publication of Subordinate Legislation relating to Development Management Procedures

04/06/15
This letter sets out the new provisions relating to appeals, mezzanine floors, and the duty to respond to consultations.
 

Publication of Planning Prospectus documents

05/03/15
These documents provide an overview of proposals in the Planning (Wales) Bill.
 

Planning Performance Framework and Sustainable Development Indicators

25/02/15
This letter provides an update on the Planning Performance Framework and Sustainable Development Indicators.
 

The Town and Country Planning (Notification) (Unconventional Oil and Gas) (Wales) Direction 2015

13/02/15
The Minister for Natural Resources has announced a new Notification Direction regarding Unconventional Oil and Gas.
 

Revised Technical Advice Note (TAN) 1: Joint Housing Land Availability Studies

23/01/15
This letter provides advance notice of changes which have been made to TAN 1.
 

Update of Technical Advice Note (TAN) 15 Development Advice Maps, January 2015

19/01/15
This letter signals the release of the new Development Advice Maps (DAMs). It also contains important information on Shoreline Management Plans.
 

Changes to Part 24 Permitted Development Right

12/11/14
This is a follow up letter with 3 Annexes containing guidance for local planning authorities.
 

Adoption of Planning Performance Framework measures

03/11/14
This letter finalises the performance measures for local planning authorities, and sets out arrangements for data collection and reporting.
 

Changes to Part 24 Permitted Development Right

15/10/14
Advance notice of changes to the Part 24 permitted development right (“Development by Electronic Communications Code Operator (Wales)”) by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development)(Amendment)(Wales)(No.2) Order 2014.
 

Consultation package to accompany the Planning (Wales) Bill and publication of a new Circular for Planning Conditions

06/10/14
To accompany the introduction of the Planning (Wales) Bill, a number of consultation documents have been issued. In addition, the Welsh Government has also published the final Circular on planning conditions.
 

Approving non-material amendments to an existing planning permission

21/08/14
A new procedure to make non-material amendments to existing planning permissions will come into force on 1 September 2014.
 

Publication of Planning Policy Wales (Edition 7, July 2014) and Guidance on Sustainable Buildings

31/07/14
This letter introduces the changes to Planning Policy Wales and guidance on sustainable buildings published in July 2014.
 

The Town and Country (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2014

17/03/14
New permitted development rights for industry, businesses, educational institutions and hospitals in Wales will come into force on 28 April 2014.
 

Flood Risk and Insurance Industry Changes

09/01/14
This letter reinforces national planning policy on flood risk and identifies changes to insurance industry cover for flood risk, and the implications that this could have on housing land supply.
 

Community Renewable Energy Projects

18/12/13
This letter sets out the Minister for Housing and Regeneration’s expectations for community renewable energy projects and the role of the planning system.
 

Strategic Monitoring Framework

10/12/13
This letter provides an update on the introduction of the Sustainable Development Indicators.
 

Clarification of aspects of the Joint Housing Land Availability Study process

13/11/13
These points of clarification will be effective from the 2014 Studies onwards.
 

Mobile infrastructure project: Information for planning services

08/10/13
This letter to Chief Planning Officers gives information about the potential implications of the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) for the planning services in Wales.
 

External Solid Wall Insulation

01/10/13
Changes to permitted development rights for householders came into force in Wales on 30 September 2013. The changes allow most householders to install external solid wall insulation without planning permission.
 

The Town and Country (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2013

22/07/13
Information on new permitted development rights for householders in Wales will come into force on 30 September 2013.
 

Local development plans: alternative sites

08/07/13
This letter provides procedural advice to local planning authorities preparing local development plans.
 

Regional Technical Statements for Aggregates review

15/05/13
This update reviews the existing Regional Technical Statements for Aggregates and clarifies the role of the Regional Aggregate Working Parties and status of the Regional Technical Statements.
 

Community Infrastructure Levy: Affordable housing and 'meaningful' amount

17/04/13
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on new developments to support the infrastructure needed. This letter explains changes to this non-devolved Levy.
 

Strategic Monitoring Framework

28/03/13
This letter introduces the new indicators to measure the contribution the planning system makes to delivering sustainable development in Wales.
 

Update of TAN 15 Development Advice Maps, March 2013

12/03/13
This letter signals the release of the new Development Advice Maps (DAMs).
 

Publication of Aggregates Safeguarding Map of Wales

14/11/12
This letter gives an update on the British Geological Survey work to produce a Mineral Resources and an Aggregates Safeguarding Map for Wales.
 

Publication of Planning Policy Wales Edition 5, November 2012

07/11/12
This letter introduces the policy changes to Planning Policy Wales published in November 2012.
 

The Town and Country (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (Wales) (No.2) Order 2012

02/10/12
New permitted development rights covering installing renewable energy technologies on non-domestic premises will come into force in Wales on 05 October 2012.
 

Revised guidance for the preparation of Joint Housing Land Availability Studies

19/09/12
The amended guidance applies to the revised arrangements which started in April 2012.
 

The Town and Country Planning (Notification) (Wales) Direction 2012

11/07/12
We wrote to Chief Planning Officers in June explaining the new categories of planning application which must be referred to the Welsh Ministers from 30th July 2012, where they are minded to approve them.
 

Practice Guide: Realising the potential of pre-application discussions

11/06/12
We wrote to Chief Planning Officers to announce the publication of a practice guide to encourage and support pre-application discussions.
 

Use of the online standard application form 1app and use of local development orders

27/04/12
We wrote to Chief Planning Officers in April 2012 setting out changes to regulations to support the use of the online standard application form and local development orders (LDOs).
 

Crowded Places: The Planning System and Counter-Terrorism

08/02/12
The Home Office and partners have published two updated documents Crowded places: the planning system and counter terrorism; and Protecting crowded places: design and technical issues.
 

Revised process for the preparation of Joint Housing Land Availability Studies

06/02/12
These revised arrangements for local planning authorities will start in April 2012.
 

Increase in Standard Daily Rates for Local Development Plans and other work

12/01/12
The standard daily rates charged by the Planning Inspectorate Wales for holding inquiries into Local Development Plans and other rechargeable work will increase from 1 April 2012.
 
Commitment to Technical Advice Note 8

Commitment to Technical Advice Note 8

06/07/11
Environment Minister, John Griffiths has confirmed our ongoing commitment to limiting the development of large scale wind farms to seven specially selected areas. He has also called on decision makers to respect maximum installation capacities for onshore wind.
 

Planning Control over Demolition

18/04/11
The Court case judgment has changed the scope of land use planning control on the demolition of buildings.
 

Co-ordination of Joint Housing Land Availability Studies - Interim arrangements

01/03/11
The longer term arrangements for the co-ordination of local planning authorities’ Joint Housing Land Availability Studies are being reviewed. Interim arrangements will start in April 2011.
 

Publication of Planning Policy Wales Edition 4, February 2011

28/02/11
Planning Policy Wales provides the policy framework for the effective preparation of local planning authorities’ development plans. Edition 4 of Planning Policy Wales was published on 28 February 2011.
 

Childminding and the Planning System: Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010

25/01/11
We wrote to local planning authorities as following the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010, childminders will not need to prove they have planning consent to the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales.
 
Generating Your Own Energy: A Planning Guide

Generating Your Own Energy: A Planning Guide

15/11/10
In July 2010, we published leaflets explaining what should be considered when installing a renewable energy technology, planning regulations and how any impacts can be reduced.
 
The Coal Authority - Risk Based Approach to Development Management in the Coalfields

The Coal Authority - Risk Based Approach to Development Management in the Coalfields

22/10/10
The Coal Authority has developed a risk based approach to raising awareness and managing the coal mining legacy issues within coalfield local planning authorities. This approach is part of its objective to disseminate coal mining information and work more closely with other public bodies.
 
Co-ordination of Joint Housing Land Availability Studies

Co-ordination of Joint Housing Land Availability Studies

20/10/10
We are starting interim arrangements for the co-ordination of local planning authorities’ Joint Housing Land Availability Studies from April 2011. These arrangements will stay in place until longer-term arrangements are agreed.
 

Technical support to assist in the determination of renewable energy and waste planning applications in Wales

01/09/10
There are grants available for Local Authorities to procure consultancy support to help determine planning applications for renewable energy and waste facilities.
 

European Commission Review of Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (85/337/EEC)

24/08/10
The European Commission is reviewing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (85/337/EEC). It is seeking views on the application and effectiveness of the Directive.
 

Planning for Sustainable Buildings – all new homes

13/08/10
The national planning policy on sustainable buildings is set out in Planning Policy Wales. From 1 September it will cover all new homes seeking planning permission. The policy expects all new homes to meet a minimum sustainable building standard to reduce their environmental impact and help tackle ...
 

Changes to the Development Management System in Wales: Position at July 2010

26/07/10
We are providing an update on the current position of a series of development management proposals. These proposals stem from the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the Planning Act 2008.
 

Planning Policy Wales (Edition 3, 2010) – Amendments to Rural Planning Policy

20/07/10
Planning Policy Wales (PPW) (Edition 3, 2010) introduces changes to rural planning policy. A revised version of Technical Advice Note 6 Planning for Sustainable Rural Communities has also been published.
 

Publication of Planning Policy Wales Edition 2, June 2010

09/06/10
The publication of Edition 2 of Planning Policy Wales was announced by Jane Davidson, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, on 8 June 2010.
 
Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

03/06/10
The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (‘the 2010 Regulations’) came into force on the 19 March 2010. The changes made by the 2010 Regulations bring the hazardous substances consent regime into line with European Directive 96/82/EC, commonly known as the ‘Seveso 2 ...
 

The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the Planning System in Wales

04/05/10
The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 received Royal Assent on the 8 April 2010. The Act covers flooding, coastal erosion and water risk management. The Act requires the use of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) for surface water drainage in all new housing and business developments. It is antic ...
 

Planning Implications of Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Development research

14/01/10
We have commissioned research into the planning implications of using land for renewable and low carbon energy developments.
 

Planning for Sustainable Buildings and Design and Access Statement Leaflets

14/01/10
We have published legal requirements for Design (and Access) statements to accompany most planning applications. We have also published a new national planning policy on planning for sustainable buildings.
 

Briefing for Local Authority Members on ‘Planning for climate change’

14/01/10
We have introduced new legal requirements for Design (and access) statements to accompany most planning applications. We have also published a new national planning policy on planning for sustainable buildings. We funded a seminar to help local councillors understand what is expected of local autho ...
 

Local Authority Zero Carbon Barriers Research

12/01/10
As part of our commitment to tackling climate change through the planning system we asked Faber Maunsell to carry out a ‘Local Authority Zero Carbon Barriers Research’ project in 2008. This is a piece of research in delivering Zero Carbon developments across Wales, moving us towards our aim of Zero ...
 

Application of the Planning Act 2008 to the Planning Function in Wales

02/04/09
The Planning Act 2008 came into force in England and Wales on 26 November 2008. However, not all of the Act applies in Wales.
 
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Transportation Issues Arising from Wind Farms

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Transportation Issues Arising from Wind Farms

01/04/09
On 1 April 2009, we published a letter clarifying the requirements for Environmental Impact Assessments for transport issues for wind farm development applications.