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 will be an opportunity for stakeholders and representatives from the Welsh Government to assess priorities as officials prepare the draft NDF looking at placemaking, economic growth, digital connectivity, transport, energy and housing.

Planned discussion focuses on how the framework might best address regional infrastructure inequalities in Wales - including opportunities for improving digital and transport infrastructure in rural regions.

Delegates will also consider how to address the challenges for ensuring that the planning system reduces inequality of energy infrastructure, as well as the impact of the NDF on wider policy aims such as mitigation of climate change and encouraging further development of renewable energy projects in Wales.

Further sessions will examine how best to meet the needs of Welsh communities through the NDF - focusing on creating sustainable places, ensuring the NDF compliments the aims of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (Wales 2015), provision of adequate levels of housing, and managing the impact of automation.

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


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 Emlyn Dole

Leader of the Council, Carmarthenshire County Council

Dr Roisin Willmott

Director of Wales and Northern Ireland, Royal Town Planning Institute

Professor Terry Marsden

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