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New planning regime begins for nationally significant infrastructure in Wales

Words: Roger Milne
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New flagship legislation came into force this week designed to ensure that key infrastructure projects are determined at the national level and are made directly to Welsh ministers rather than the local planning authority.

The Planning (Wales) Act, as well as secondary legislation, establishes a fresh process for the consenting of Developments of National Significance (DNS).

It is designed to ensure timely decision-making, particularly on renewable energy projects, as well as other nationally significant developments in Wales.

Planning and natural resources minister Carl Sargeant said: “The DNS projects include energy projects with a generating capacity of between 10 and 50 megawatts, airports, railway infrastructure, dams and reservoirs, and other types of development requiring planning permission, which are considered to be of national significance. I’m also planning to expand the thresholds to capture all onshore wind projects above 10 megawatts.”

More information about DNS can be found here.

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