Policy Forum for Wales

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

November 2018

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).


Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates