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We have made sustainable development our central organising principle. This means we make it central to everything we do and decisions we take.
These plans set out proposals and policies for future development and use of land in local authority and national park areas across Wales.
Cover of Planning Policy Wales

We set policy and provide guidance to help good planning which can contribute to economic development, nature conservation and improve quality of life.

The context for planning policy in Wales is contained within two main documents:

  • Planning Policy Wales
  • Minerals Planning Policy Wales.

Planning Policy Wales and Minerals Planning Policy Wales are supplemented by a series of topic based Technical Advice Notes (TANs) and Minerals Technical Advice Notes (MTANs).

Policy Clarification letters provide advice and guidance on specific subjects.