Minister for environment, planning and countryside, Carwyn Jones, is keen to progress improvements to the planning system in Wales following consultations last year. The Bill currently going through parliament places a requirement on all local planning authorities in Wales to prepare a local development plan (LDP) to replace the current requirement for a unitary development plan.
The proposals are aimed at reforming the development plan system whilst retaining the positive aspects of the current single tier UDP system. The goal is for simpler more concise plans prepared more speedily and in accordance with a 'community involvement scheme' and a timetable agreed between the local planning authority and the assembly government.
The transitional arrangements will require that every local planning authority has an adopted UDP in place before moving to LDP preparation; these arrangements will be dealt with in secondary legislation to be produced by the assembly government, and full Transitional Guidance will be issued for public consultation in due course.
The Initial Guidance Note can be viewed on the assembly website.