Latest Planning News

Planning surgeries suspended for an initial 3 month period

Planning surgeries have been suspended for an initial 3 month period due to staff shortages and officer workloads, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.  Householder planning guidance is available on our website at:- Applications and Guidance | Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (beacons-npa.gov.uk)  Welsh Government Planning Guidance for householders is also available at:-  Planning permission: permitted development rights for householders | GOV.WALES  Further advice can also be sought from Planning Aid Wales at:-  Planning Advice – Planning Aid Wales

We will review the impact this is having on service delivery and applicants experience after the initial period of suspension.

Planning fees in Wales are rising by 20% from Monday 24th August 

Following a recent meeting with Welsh Government Officials, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority have decided to delay the revised Delivery Agreement (DA) being reported to members at the National Park Authority meeting on 7th August 2020.

We will continue to work on the revised DA and update consultees in due course on when this is going to be next reported to National Park Authority Members.

UPDATE – Brecon Beacons National Park Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2)
Revised Delivery Agreement

In light of the changing circumstances surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the decision has been made to revise the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority LDP2 Delivery Agreement (DA).

The preparation of a Delivery Agreement (DA) is a key requirement in preparing a revised LDP. The draft DA provides details. The draft DA provides details of the stages involved in the plan-making process, the time each part of the process is likely to take, and the resources that the Authority will commit to Plan preparation.  The DA will also establish the Local Planning Authority’s early full and continuous approach to community engagement and involvement in the preparation of the revised LDP.

The DA is split into two key parts:

  • The Timetable for producing the revised LDP

This provides an indication of when various stages of plan preparation will take place. Definitive dates are provided up to the deposit stage and indicative dates for later stages.

  • The Community Involvement Scheme (CIS)

This sets out the Authority’s principles, strategy and mechanisms for early, full and continuous community and stakeholder engagement throughout the revision process. This is a fundamental element of the development plan system. Once approved, the Authority will need to comply with the requirements for community engagement that are set out in the CIS.

The revised Delivery Agreement will be reported to Members at the National Park Authority meeting on 7th August 2020 for approval and following this, the revised DA will be submitted to Welsh Government to seek formal agreement.

Once this has been agreed, the revised Delivery Agreement will be published on the website and we will be sending out a further update to consultees.

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:-

http://gov.wales/topics/planning/policy/dear-cpo-letters/new-development-management-procedures/?lang=en

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:-

http://gov.wales/topics/planning/policy/guidanceandleaflets/design-and-access-statements-in-wales/?skip=1&lang=en

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 Keely.Jones@dataunitwales.gov.uk 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.