Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James has launched a consultation on the National Development Framework in Wales.
Setting a direction for where new homes, jobs, and services will be located, the Framework includes:
- Proposals for new priority areas for large-scale wind and solar energy development to replace Tan 8
- A focus on growing existing urban areas and ensuring that homes, jobs and services are in the same area
- A focus on delivering more affordable homes at scale and pace
- Three clusters of towns and cities identified as nationally significant where large-scale housing and employment growth will be focused – Cardiff, Newport, and the Valleys; Swansea Bay; and Llanelli, Wrexham, and Deeside
- In other areas, development will meet local aspiration and need to complement the growing urban areas
“We want to promote sustainable growth in Wales, focussed around existing towns and cities. This strategy is sufficiently flexible to respond to the challenges of the next 20 years,” said James.
“We are ambitious to increase the amount of renewable energy generated here in Wales – the National Development Framework sets out where we believe large scale renewable energy projects should be in Wales.
“We know that Wales needs more good-quality housing, to develop renewable energy, and for people to be able to access well-paid jobs close to where they live.”
James also said she is committed to building more council housing at pace and scale in Wales, and to see “far more” affordable homes to rent from councils and other social landlords.
“I want a planning system that consistently meets all our needs,” she said, “and for our villages, towns, and cities to be organised in a way that makes it easier to live healthy and active lives, for us and for future generations.
“I believe the policies set out in the National Development Framework will help to deliver this.”
Matthew Dicks, Director at CIH Cymru, said: “These plans set out a clear vision for Wales more closely linking how people live, how they travel and access work and other opportunities.
“Housing is rightly at the heart of this and we strongly welcome the ambition to greatly increase the amount of homes local authorities directly deliver.
“What must remain at the forefront of the discussion is how affordability is understood and translated in reality to enable people to thrive within these communities.”
The consultation on the draft National Development Framework is now online and is open until Friday 1st November.