The Welsh Government's paper 'Positive Planning' identified that we need a planning system that can span local planning authority (LPA) boundaries and tackle larger than local issues in Wales. The provision of an overarching strategy for an area is included within the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 to be delivered through a Strategic Development Plan (SDP).
Strategic planning on a statutory basis has not been undertaken by LPAs in Wales for a number of years. There has also been a lack of desire in some areas for LPAs to collaborate on Local Development Plan (LDP) preparation to address cross boundaries issues. If the strategic planning framework is to be taken forward and deliver effective plans there is a need to develop skills and knowledge about strategic planning.
There are some fundamental differences between the development of a SDP and an LDP, one being the ability to work within a formalised institutional and political structure at a strategic scale.
The Welsh Government funded a programme aimed at developing the skills required for delivering strategic planning as part of the initial ground work in preparation for the implementation of the provisions of the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.
The following reports were produced from the training delivered: