Agenda Item No. 8(b)








C3491         Welsh Government National Development Framework Consultation: Call for Evidence and Projects (RE) (Scrutiny Committee - Environment and Regeneration) –


Cabinet was advised of the Welsh Government's Consultation in respect of the proposed National Development Framework (NDF) for Wales. The consultation called for evidence and projects which would help inform the NDF and was looking specifically for evidence in respect of the role and scope of the NDF, national issues that could be addressed in the NDF and the NDF’s role in shaping regional Strategic Development Plans and local authority Local Development Plans.


The NDF would concentrate on development and land use issues of national significance which the planning system was able to influence and deliver. The process of approving the NDF would include a statutory twelve week public consultation period and the NDF in line with other development plans would have a fixed time period at the end of which it would cease to have effect as a development plan.


The Planning Directorate of Welsh Government had begun work on the production of a National Development Framework (NDF). The NDF would set out a 20 year land use framework for Wales and would replace the current Wales Spatial Plan.


The NDF would: 

  • Set out where nationally important growth and infrastructure was needed and how the planning system - nationally, regionally and locally - could deliver it.
  • Provide direction for Strategic and Local Development Plans and support the determination of Developments of National Significance.
  • Sit alongside Planning Policy Wales, which set out the Welsh Government’s planning policies and would continue to provide the context for land use planning.
  • Support national economic, transport, environmental, housing, energy and cultural strategies and ensure they could be delivered through the planning system.
  • Be reviewed every 5 years.

Given the significance of the NDF therefore it was imperative that projects which were of direct relevance and impact upon the Vale of Glamorgan and indeed the Cardiff Capital City Region were fully represented and the following projects were detailed in the report as they were considered to warrant submission as a part of the Welsh Government's call for evidence. 

  • Cardiff Capital Region Metro
  • Cardiff Airport
  • Cardiff Airport and St Athan Enterprise Zone
  • M4 Junction 34 Strategic employment site and improved road links
  • M4 Corridor Opportunities e.g. Park & Ride
  • Affordable Housing Need and Delivery
  • Infrastructure Delivery and Growth
  • New Settlements.

This was a matter for Executive decision.


Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein




(1)       T H A T the report be endorsed as the Council's formal response to the Welsh Government's consultation and Call for Evidence and Projects on the National Development Framework.


(2)       T H A T the use of Article 14.14 of the Council's Constitution (urgent decision procedure) be authorised to enable the response to be submitted for Welsh Government's call for evidence by the closing date of 7 March, 2017.


Reasons for decisions


(1)       To endorse the response to be submitted to the Welsh Government consultation and Call for Evidence and Projects on the NDF.


(2)       To ensure a response was sent in respect of the call for evidence prior to the closing date of 7 March, 2017.