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Planning, permitting and related considerations

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Find out more about planning policy, decision-making, development plans, research and statistics.
The Animal By Products Regulations control the collection, transport, storage, handling, processing and use of animal by products.

Information on the planning and permitting regimes and how they relate to the waste facilities required in the Waste Infrastructure Procurement Programme.

Planning Consent

Planning permission or consent is required to be allowed to build on land, or change the use of land or buildings. Typically planning consent is required to develop waste facilities. However there is some development permitted under a number of categories.

Planning focuses on the land use issues. For applications in Wales consideration should be given to (but not limited to):

  • Planning Policy Wales
  • Technical Advice Notes (TANs)
  • Circulars
  • related Ministerial Interim Planning Policy Statements (MIPPS)
  • Wales Spatial Plan
  • relevant Regional Waste Plan
  • relevant Local Development Plans.

Applications are sent to the appropriate Local Planning Authority (LPA). There are 25 LPAs in Wales.

More information

More useful information can be found on the following websites:

Visit: Planning Inspectorate Wales (external link)

Visit: Planning Officers Society Wales (external link)

Visit: Planning Portal (external link)

Visit: Royal Town Planning Institute (external link)

Environmental Permitting

Environmental permitting is a single, risk-based system for regulating business activities that could have an impact on the environment. Natural Resources Wales regulates the permitting regime.

The new Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 came into force on 6 April 2010.

When issuing an Environmental Permit Natural Resources Wales considers the operational aspects of the facility. There are 2 types of Environmental Permits: Standard and Bespoke. If a standard permit is applied for it must adhere to a set of standard rules, if not, a bespoke permit will be required.

For more information on permits and the standard rules visit Natural Resources Wales website (external link).

Related Considerations

Animal By-Products Requirements

Premises that receive, handle, use, treat or destroy animal by products must be approved under the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Wales) Regulations 2011 which came into force on 4 March 2011 and replaced the former Animal By-Products (Wales) Regulations 2006.

Animal Health (formerly The State Veterinary Service) is responsible for issuing any approvals/authorisations for Animal By-Products premises on our behalf.

Inspections are carried out by Animal Health. Contact the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer for further information.

For more detailed guidance on permitted uses, and on conditions for storage, handling, transporting, and processing ABPs, please visit the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratory Agency office website (external link).