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Planning (Wales) Act 2015

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  1. Introduction

  2. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1 Introduction

      1. Section 1 – Overview of this Act

    2. Part 2 Sustainable Development

      1. Section 2 – Sustainable Development

    3. Part 3 Development Planning

      1. Section 3 – Preparing and revising the National Development Framework for Wales

      2. Section 4 – Designating strategic planning areas and establishing Strategic Planning Panels

      3. Section 5 – Strategic planning areas: survey

      4. Section 6– Preparing and revising Strategic Development Plans

      5. Section 7 – Conformity of certain plans and schemes with National Development Framework and Strategic Development Plan

      6. Section 8 – Duty to consider whether to review Local Development Plan

      7. Section 9 – National Development Framework and Strategic Development Plan to form part of development plan

      8. Section 10 – Land affected by National Development Framework or Strategic Development Plan

      9. Section 11 – Welsh language

      10. Section 12 – Period for which Local Development Plan has effect

      11. Section 13 – Withdrawal of Local Development Plan

      12. Section 14 – Welsh Ministers’ power to direct preparation of joint Local Development Plan

      13. Section 15 – Joint planning boards: functions relating to surveys and Local Development Plans

      14. Section 16 – Development planning: further amendments

    4. Part 4 Pre-application procedure

      1. Section 17 – Requirement to carry out pre-application consultation

      2. Section 18 – Requirement to provide pre-application services

    5. Part 5 Applications to the Welsh Ministers

      1. Section 19 – Developments of national significance: applications for planning permission

      2. Section 20 – Developments of national significance: secondary consents

      3. Section 21 – Developments of national significance: local impact reports

      4. Section 22 – Timetable for determining applications

      5. Section 23 – Option to make application to Welsh Ministers

      6. Section 24 – Further provision about applications made to Welsh Ministers

      7. Section 25 – Power to make provision by development order in respect of applications to Welsh Ministers

      8. Section 26 – Developments of national significance and applications made to Welsh Ministers: exercise of functions by appointed person

      9. Section 27 – Applications to Welsh Ministers: further amendments

    6. Part 6 Development Management etc

      1. Section 28 – Power of local planning authority to require information with application

      2. Section 29 – Invalid applications: notice and appeal

      3. Section 30 – Revocation of saving of Town and Country Planning (Applications) Regulations 1988

      4. Section 31 – Welsh language

      5. Section 32 – Power to decline to determine retrospective applications

      6. Section 33 – Decision notices

      7. Section 34 – Notification of development

      8. Section 35 – Duration of planning permission: general

      9. Section 36 – Duration of outline planning permission

      10. Section 37 – Consultation etc. in respect of certain applications relating to planning permission

      11. Section 38 – Stopping up or diversion of public paths where application for planning permission made

      12. Section 39 – Exercise of functions of local planning authority relating to applications

      13. Section 40 – Joint planning boards to be hazardous substances authorities

      14. Section 41 – Power to make provisions enabling joint planning boards to exercise development management functions in National Parks

      15. Section 42 – Joint planning boards: power to make consequential and supplementary provision

    7. Part 7 Enforcement Appeals etc

      1. Section 43 – Breach of planning control: Enforcement warning notice

      2. Section 44 – Appeal against enforcement notice: deemed application for planning permission

      3. Section 45 – Restrictions on right to appeal against planning decisions

      4. Section 46 – Restrictions on right to appeal against enforcement notice

      5. Section 47 – No variation of application after service of notice of appeal against planning decision etc.

      6. Section 48 – Appeal against notice in respect of land adversely affecting amenity

      7. Section 49 – Costs on applications, appeals and references

      8. Section 50 – Procedure for certain proceedings

      9. Section 51 – Costs and procedure on appeals etc.: further amendments

    8. Part 8 Town and Village Greens

      1. Section 52 – Statement by owner to end use of land as of right

      2. Section 53 – Exclusion of right to apply for registration

      3. Section 54 – Applications to amend registers: power to make provision about fees

    9. Part 9 General Provisions

      1. Section 55 – Regulations and orders made by Welsh Ministers

      2. Section 56 Interpretation

      3. Section 57 Power to make consequential etc provision

      4. Section 58 – Coming into force

    10. Schedule 1

    11. Schedule 2

    12. Schedule 3

    13. Schedule 4

    14. Schedule 5

    15. Schedule 6

    16. Schedule 7

  3. Record of Proceedings in National Assembly for Wales

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