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Welsh ministers confirm major housing scheme direction

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A direction has come into force that requires local planning authorities in Wales to refer certain applications for major residential development to ministers so they can decide whether to call them in for determination.

This new requirement applies to schemes of more than 10 residential units or a residential development involving more than 0.5 hectares of land that is not in accordance with one or more provisions of the development plan in force and which the authority does not propose to refuse.

Planning minister Julie James said: “It is essential that local development plans are produced and reviewed and that allocations made in them are delivered in line with community expectations.

“I am concerned that too many speculative, unsustainable residential developments have been proposed outside of adopted LDPs and this direction is intended to ensure that ministers are aware of such development proposals.”

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