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The Wales Planning Consultants Forum (WPCF) is a voluntary group of town planners representing the planning profession within the consultancy sector with a growing membership of town planners from both independent and multinational consultancies working across Wales.

The purpose of the Forum is to bring together the expertise and knowledge of its membership to help shape the future of the Welsh Planning System by actively engaging with its planning partners and other stakeholders.

Planning Consultants operating across Wales recognise that through a collective voice, they can engage in greater collaboration and contribute positively to informing the skills, knowledge and behaviours of those working in Wales's planning system to shape our thinking on how we each contribute to creating places that deliver well-being, sustainable homes and inclusive growth.

What we do

The key aims of the Forum are:

  • To support the improvement of the planning system and its delivery to ensure it has the ability to offer an effective and efficient system to all users;
  • To collaborate with a range of partners and stakeholders in order to seek to have a positive influence on the on-going vision and direction of the Wales Planning System. This includes the Welsh Government, PEDW, Senedd Cymru, RTPI Cymru, Design Commission for Wales, Natural Resources Wales and other planning representative bodies such as Planning Officers Society Wales (POSW), and other groups involved with the built environment in Wales;
  • To provide constructive feedback and comment on planning issues and consultations, including early engagement, on approaches to planning policy and practice in Wales based on the extensive day to day practice, knowledge, skills and expertise of its members;
  • To highlight good practice within the planning system, in both the public and private sector, for the overall improvement of the system generally; and
  • To provide a support mechanism to ensure that its members can share practice and seek advice on a range of planning issues affecting them on a daily basis in their development as professional planners.

The WPCF meets approximately four times a year, or as required, at dates to be agreed.

For more information about WPCF contact [email protected].