Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for the National Development Framework: developing infrastructure, tackling inequalities and planning for the future

Morning, Tuesday, 6th November 2018

Central Cardiff


This timely seminar takes place at a key time in the development of the National Development Framework (NDF).

It is bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers as officials prepare the draft NDF, to assess priorities for strategic development that can deliver economic growth - particularly through projects of national significance - in transport and digital infrastructure, energy and housing.

Delegates will assess how best to tackle the challenges for delivering key projects, with a focus on the planning system and the future role of local authorities in driving forward reform - including ensuring clarity and certainty in a more streamlined system, attracting further investment, and driving forward economic growth with public benefit across Wales.

They will also examine proposals for ensuring the planning system and the National Planning Framework are fit for the future, taking into account technological development and increased use of automation, and changing demographics.

Delegates will also consider the impact of the NDF on wider policy aims such as mitigation of climate change and balancing environmental and economic demands, as well as examining how the NDF can best meet the needs of Welsh communities - focusing on creating sustainable places, provision of adequate levels of housing, as well as ensuring it the aims of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (Wales 2015).

Guest of Honour

Neil Hemington

Chief Planner, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Neil Hemington

Chief Planner, Welsh Government


Siân Gwenllian AM

Plaid Cymru Spokesperson for Local Government, the Welsh Language, Equalities and Planning


Councillor Caro Wild

Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning & Transport, Cardiff Council

Edward Hunt

Director, Openreach Cymru

David Delaney

Consultant, Aaron & Partners

Dr Elaine Forde

Lecturer, Swansea University

Professor Phillip Brown

Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University

Christopher O’Brien

Senior Policy Officer, Planning, RSPB Cymru

Mark Harris

Planning & Policy Advisor for Wales, House Builders Federation

Carole-Anne Davies

Chief Executive, Design Commission for Wales

Marie Brousseau-Navarro

Director of Policy, Legislation and Innovation, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Councillor Jane Mudd

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, Newport City Council

Gwyn Ephraim

Associate Transport Planner, Arup

Rhian Brimble

Policy Officer, Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru

Professor Terry Marsden

Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning and Director of PLACE, Cardiff University