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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
Minister for Housing and Regeneration Carl Sargeant has launched a White Paper for consultation on the Welsh Government’s legislative proposals to improve arrangements for renting homes.
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Making Planning Applications
What is planning permission?
Planning Permission is needed if you want to do certain building works. It will be granted (possibly subject to certain conditions) or refused. Permission can be granted for:
- building new structures;
- changing or enlarging structures;
- changing the use of land or buildings on it; or
- for quarrying or the mining of minerals.
It is your responsibility for seeking, or not seeking, planning permission. Planning permission should be granted (if needed) before any work begins.
The granting of planning permission is different to the consent of use for land or premises. You would still need to gain permission from the owner of the land or premises to use, or to change it. If you don’t gain permission, you could be liable for trespass or criminal damage which could be pursued in civil law.
Who grants planning permission?
Your Local Planning Authority (LPA) is responsible for considering planning applications. There are 25 local planning authorities in Wales. This includes the 22 County and County Borough Councils and all 3 National Park Authorities. Each of these local planning authorities is responsible determining almost all planning applications in their area.
The exceptions are those decisions made directly by the Minister and “energy” applications. Applications for energy generation of over 50 megawatts of energy are now decided by the new infrastructure Planning Commission. These large scale energy decisions are not devolved to the Welsh Government.
Why do I need to get planning permission?
Planning is about how we plan for, and make decisions about the future of our cities, towns and countryside. Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development - anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre - should go ahead. For example, in most cases it would probably not be a good idea to apply to build a nightclub or disco next to a retirement home.
However, careful and clever planning combined with sensitive design and landscaping can make some development acceptable where it would previously be thought unsuitable. This is the reason that applications are considered so carefully. The planning system is needed to control development in your area.
Do I always need planning permission for a development?
No. Certain developments can be done without the need for planning permission. This is known as “permitted development”. However, some or even all permitted development rights can be withdrawn by the use of an “Article 4 Direction”. This is issued when specific control is required over development in an area of special importance, such as a conservation area.
A given size of extension is usually permitted development, which is normally set in cubic metres and percentage of the original building. However, any work undertaken on the property since its construction counts towards this volume, including any work done prior to you moving in. You should seek advice from your local planning authority before considering undertaking additional work, just to be sure.
What is the development plan?
Each local planning authority is required by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to prepare a development plan for its area. Although the structure and content of plans have been amended, the basic principle remains the same.
The plan should set out a strategic vision for the area and be subject to an environmental assessment.
Environmental assessment is a process that ensures significant environmental effects arising from policies, plans and programmes are:
- communicated to decision-makers; and
It also gives you a chance to have your say.
The plan also contains local policies for land use. Certain areas are selected for future uses. These local policies consider how those uses should look, operate and interact with the environment are set out in the plan.
When a local planning authority receives an application, the first aspect it should consider is whether or not the development follows the development plan. If it would, then normally the application would be approved – although other considerations, such as representations from the public on planning issues, may lead the authority to decide otherwise.
You should be able to view your local planning authority’s development plan, on the authority’s website.
I object to a proposal. What should I do?
When a local planning authority receives a planning application, the law requires it to give publicity to the application in various ways. This allows those who may be affected by it have the opportunity to make their views known. The publicity often includes:
- publishing a notice in a local newspaper;
- posting a public site notice; and
- neighbour notification to occupiers and owners of adjoining properties.
Write down your planning concerns and supporting points and send them to the Local Planning Authority’s Planning Department. There is usually a Case Officer or Area Group allocated to deal with the application, but if you cannot discover the exact person, send the letter to the Planning Department. Always try to include the Planning Reference Number and location of the property/development. Some authorities now accept online submissions via the planning pages of the Authority’s website.
Concerns about the potential loss in value of your property because of a possible nearby development is not something that the local planning authority can take into account in deciding the application.
How long should it take to decide whether to grant permission?
This will depend on the type of application and the size of the planning authority. Local authorities are required by planning legislation to determine those planning applications which need Environmental Impact Assessment in 13 weeks and all other applications within 8 weeks.
Failure to determine the application within these deadlines means that the applicant can choose to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate on the grounds of non-determination. Local planning authorities have to inform applicants of these rights.
The Planning Inspectorate is an independent executive that determines planning appeals on behalf of the Welsh Ministers.
How much does planning permission cost?
The current planning fees can be found on the Planning Portal.
The Planning Portal website contains information about:
planning and building regulations;
applying for planning permission;
developments near you;
appeals against decisions.
What is EIA – and how will I know if it is needed?
An EIA is an Environment Impact Assessment. It assesses how the proposed development will impact both on the nearby environment and on the wider environment generally. It is required for some sorts of development under European legislation. You are advised to contact your LPA for further information.
How can I get help in submitting or responding to a planning application?
You can submit a planning application online on the Planning Portal. The Portal is designed so that you only need fill in the relevant information for the type of application you wish to make.
In responding to a planning application, you can write to your local planning authority to make your views known. Some local planning authorities also allow for members of the public to address the Planning Committee. There is no legal right to be able to this, so arrangements should be checked locally.
Planning Aid Wales is a registered charity that helps and advises community members that need help to engage with the planning system.