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This is our land use planning policy for Wales and should be taken into account when preparing development plans.
We updated the plan in 2008. This page explains its vision and role.

The Planning Directorate is working on the production of a National Development Framework (NDF). The NDF will set out a 20-year land use framework for Wales and will replace the current Wales Spatial Plan.

The NDF will:

  • set out where nationally important growth and infrastructure is needed and how the planning system - nationally, regionally and locally - can deliver it
  • provide direction for Strategic and Local Development Plans and support the determination of Developments of National Significance
  • sit alongside Planning Policy Wales, which sets out the Welsh Government’s planning policies and will continue to provide the context for land use planning
  • support national economic, transport, environmental, housing, energy and cultural strategies and ensure they can be delivered through the planning system 
  • be reviewed every 5 years

There are 11 stages in the production of the first NDF.  A timeline showing all 11 stages, and the stage we’ve reached, can be seen here.

Click on our short animation to learn more about the planning system in Wales and the role of the NDF.

More information

For more information about the NDF and its progress, or how you can contribute:

Telephone: 0300 025 3261

Email: ndf@gov.wales

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