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Local Development Plan Newsletter November 2018

Sustainable Drainage Approval Body (SAB)

From January 7th 2019, all new developments with implications for drainage of more than 1 house or where the construction area is of 100m2 or more will require sustainable drainage systems to manage on-site surface water. Surface water drainage systems must be designed and built in accordance with mandatory standards for sustainable drainage published by Welsh Ministers.

These systems must be approved by the local authority for your area (i.e. Powys County Council, Monmouthshire County Council etc) acting in its SuDS Approving Body (SAB) role before construction work begins. The SAB will have a duty to adopt compliant systems so long as it is built and functions in accordance with the approved proposals, including any SAB conditions of approval. For further information please refer to your relevant Local Authority.

The statutory standards have been published by Welsh Government, a copy of which can be obtained from Welsh Government’s webpage   Sustainable drainage systems on new developments


Heritage Impact Statements

From 1 September 2017 a Heritage Impact Statement will be required to support any application for listed building or conservation area consent. The Heritage Impact Statement will replace the Design and Access Statement in the application process for listed building consent. Further information is available here

This requirement is set out in Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Wales) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/638).

The following subordinate legislation has been laid before the National Assembly for Wales, and will come into force on the 16 March 2016.

  • The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2016 (”the Order”)
  • The Town and Country Planning (Validation Appeal) (Written Representations Procedure) (Wales) Regulations 2016
  • The Town and Country Planning (Pre-Application Services) (Wales) Regulations 2016

These bring into effect and provide the detail for various provisions set out in the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 (“the 2015 Act”).

In addition a number of amendments have also been made to development management procedures set out in The Town and

Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012 (DMPWO) using existing powers in the Town and

Country Planning Act 1990 (“the 1990 Act”), as part of implementing the Welsh Government’s wider positive planning programme.

An explanation of the main changes to the development management process is provided at:-

Following the legislative changes on the requirements for Design and Access Statements (DAS) in April 2016, the Welsh Government have published a new guidance document, “Design and Access Statements in Wales: Why, What and How” which has been produced by the Design Commission for Wales (DCFW).

The document outlines the benefits of undertaking a DAS, including schemes which do not require one under legislation.  It gives advice on what should and should not be included in a DAS, guidance on a suggested structure for the document and the issues which a DAS should contain and address.

This guidance replaces all previous Welsh Government Guidance on DAS and is available to view via the following link:-

Have your say – Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Planning service customer survey

You may shortly receive an e-mail from us providing a link to a questionnaire.  We are sending the e-mail on behalf of the Planning Officers Society for Wales (POSW)  who are gathering customer feedback on the planning application process across Wales.  POSW has commissioned the Local Government Data Unit ~ Wales to run the survey on its behalf.  If you receive the e-mail and have a query regarding the questionnaire please contact or call 029 2090 9500.

Non-material Amendments to an Existing Planning Permission

From 1st September 2014, as part of the Welsh Government’s programme of measures to improve the planning process in wales, a statutory procedure for approved ‘non-material amendments’ to an existing planning permission has been created.

Please find below a link to the Welsh Government Planning Guidance on approving Non-material Amendments to an Existing Planning Permission which offers a question and answer guide to the process:

Welsh Government – Planning Guidance: Approving Non-material Amendments to an Existing Planning Permission (July 2014)

If you wish to submit an application for a non-material amendment to an existing planning permission please find below the application form and form guidance.