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Research: A Strategic Monitoring Framework for the Planning System

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The Scheme sets out our new vision of a sustainable Wales and the priority we attach to sustainable development.
Planning Policy Wales – Edition 7 published withdrawing the national planning policy requirement for sustainable building standards.
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We want to measure the contribution the planning system makes to our vision of a sustainable Wales.  We said we would do this in our Sustainable Development Scheme so we commissioned research to help us decide on how we could do this.

The objectives of the research were:

  • To identify a framework with which to effectively monitor the sustainable development outcomes of the planning system;
  • To identify a means of using the Ecological Footprint as a composite indicator to measure the sustainable development outcomes of the planning system; and
  • To explore and understand the ways in which the Ecological Footprint can be used in the planning system.

The research report has been split into a main research report and a supplementary research report. The main report contains the research and findings of objective (a), while the supplementary report provides technical information on case studies used in the main report and includes additional elements for objectives (b) and (c).

The main research report presents the findings and suggested strategic monitoring framework including the suggested list of indicators to monitor the contribution of the planning system to sustainable development.

The main research report has been used to inform public consultation on a proposed strategic monitoring framework to measure the contribution of the planning system to our vision of a sustainable Wales.

Further information on the public consultation can be found using the link to the right.