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Wales Spatial Plan

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The NDF will set out a 20 year land use framework for Wales and will replace the current Wales Spatial Plan.
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We adopted the Wales Spatial Plan – People, Places, Futures in 2004. We updated the plan in 2008.

The broad 20 year vision and role, purpose and principles of the Wales Spatial Plan remain unchanged:

  • making sure that decisions are taken with regard to their impact beyond sectoral or administrative boundaries and that the core values of sustainable development govern everything we do
  • setting the context for local and community planning
  • influencing where we spend money through understanding the roles of and interactions between places
  • providing a clear evidence base for the public, private and third (voluntary) sectors to develop policy and action.

It is a principle of the Wales Spatial Plan that development should be sustainable. Sustainable development is about improving wellbeing and quality of life by integrating social, economic and environmental objectives in the context of more efficient use of natural resources.

The Wales Spatial Plan aims to deliver sustainable development through its area strategies in the context of our Sustainable Development Scheme.

It sets out cross-cutting national spatial priorities. These provide the context for the application of national and regional policies for specific sectors, such as health, education, housing and the economy, reflecting the distinctive characteristics of different sub-regions (areas) of Wales and their cross-border relationships.

It identifies 6 sub-regions in Wales without defining hard boundaries, reflecting the different linkages involved in daily activities.

These agreed visions and the actions required to achieve them set an important regional context, both for citizen-centred service delivery and land use. They inform local development plans.