Explanatory Notes

Planning (Wales) Act 2015


6 July 2015

Commentary on Sections

Part 2 Sustainable Development

Section 2 – Sustainable Development

10.This section applies to public bodies carrying out functions in relation to development plans under Part 6 of the PCPA 2004 or applications for planning permission under Part 3 of the TCPA 1990. This section confirms that public bodies must exercise their functions relating to development plans and applications for planning permission as part of carrying out sustainable development, so that the development and use of land contribute to improving the well-being of Wales.

11.The term “public bodies” has the same meaning in this section as in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and includes local planning authorities and the Welsh Ministers.

12.The section does not change the current law in relation to the matters to which a decision maker must have regard when dealing with an application for planning permission under Part 3 of the TCPA 1990.

13.The section replaces and so repeals elements of section 39 of the PCPA 2004.