The 1st August saw a new pre-planning requirement implemented in Wales for applicants proposing to carry out a "major development". There is now a requirement to consult with local communities for at least 28 days before submitting planning applications. "Major development" includes development on sites of over 1 hectare; the construction of 10 or more houses; and the development of land of 0.5 hectares or more if it is not known how many houses will be constructed. As part of the consultation exercise the applicant will need to make available all of the documents required for the subsequent planning application including plans, design, access statements and any other information describing their development.
Adrian Greason-Walker. WTA Policy Advocate. Specialises in Tourism and Environmental Management.