RTPI Cymru has welcomed the consultation draft of the National Development Framework (NDF) published today by the Welsh Government.
Dr Roisin Willmott, RTPI Cymru Director, said:
“Providing a long term spatial plan to enable Wales to make effective decisions on important issues relating to housing, climate change, energy generation and the economy is essential.
"The Framework will address the crucial ‘where’ element of Welsh Government sectoral policies, such as energy and transport. It will provide the context and evidence for taking difficult national decisions and inform long term investment goals. This approach will enable infrastructure decisions to be better integrated to support existing and new development.”
The NDF will help guide investment decisions which address climate change mitigation and adaptation, and serves as the spatial framework for regional and local development as expressed in Strategic Development Plans (SDPs) and Local Development Plans (LDPs).
Dr Willmott added:
“This national spatial framework, missing until now, will provide an important addition to the development plan for Wales. But it will take time to be absorbed into the LDPs adopted by authorities across Wales. The first SDP under development in Wales in the Cardiff Capital Region is however at such a stage where it will be able to incorporate it.”
RTPI Cymru encourages all organisations involved in development to read the draft NDF and respond to Welsh Government by 1st November.