Planning

Please note that National Park staff continue to work from home and the main office in Brecon (Plas y Ffynnon) remains closed to the public until further notice.

Planning Service

We are pleased to welcome Gareth Jones to the Authority who has recently taken up the position of Director of Planning & Place.  Additional temporary support has been put in place to assist with planning applications and a part time Consultant Development Management Manager whilst more permanent resources are established within the Authority.  We have also set up a system whereby the Planning Admin Team are undertaking the validation of all new planning applications, which has helped speed up the initial stages of the process.  This has helped maintain a high quality and responsive service.

The demand on individual case officers remains high and we ask that you remain appreciative of workload pressures when seeking contact with the team. Please be assured, however, that we will continue to do our utmost in responding to queries and working through cases in a timely manner.

Planning applications

We continue to handle a high volume of planning applications and experience staffing pressures.  Coupled with phosphate related restrictions, this is leading to delays in determining applications and responding to inquiries.  We apologise for this and staff are working hard to address the backlog.

Enforcement

The number of enforcement cases remains high. We will continue to take enforcement action when it is in the public interest. We will undertake an initial review of all new investigations. The timing of further action will depend upon relative priorities and may take longer than usual.

Pre-Application Advice Service

Our pre-application and statutory pre-application services are available, but again it may take longer than set out in our guidance.  We will provide a response as soon as possible.  Details can be found here:- Charging for Pre-Application Planning Advice | Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (beacons-npa.gov.uk)

Phosphates

Updated guidance is currently awaited from Natural Resources Wales.  We will provide further information as soon as we are able.

In terms of planning policy, progress of Local Development Plan (LDP) 2 is currently on pause as a result of the phosphate constraint. Following confirmation from Welsh Government the adopted LDP (2007-2022) remains in place and material.

PLEASE NOTE:

The Authority is unable to receive cash, cheques or telephone card payments at this time.  Payment of planning application fees can be made via the planning portal or via BACS transfer.  Planning fees should be paid at the time of submitting your application.  Payment for pre-planning enquiries should be made by BACS transfer.

The Authority does not accept purchase orders and do not issue invoices in respect of planning application fees.  Any other remittances or other financial queries should be sent by email to finance@beacons-npa.gov.uk

Frequently asked questions:

Will officers be contactable?

You may get a standard message via email or a recoded voicemail message explaining that we can’t deal with your message right now due to volume of work but we will be progressing your application and will respond to you as soon as we are able.

Will my application take longer?

We endeavour to deal with all applications as quickly as possible, but for the reasons set out above it may take longer than normal and we will continue asking agents and applicants for extensions of time.

Is Planning Surgery still operating?

Unfortunately, we have taken the decision to continue with the suspension of our free planning surgery for householders for the foreseeable future due to the lack of officer capacity.  We understand that this service is very valuable to householders and we are keeping the situation under review.  An alternative to this service is to submit a Certificate of Lawful Proposed Use to establish if planning permission is required  https://www.planningportal.co.uk/wales_en/info/5/applications/58/consent_types/9