Policy Forum for Wales

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

November 2018

The conference brought together key stakeholders and policymakers as officials at a key stage in the preparation of the National Development Framework, with delegates assessing priorities for the NDF including: its spatial approach, the role the NDF can play in delivering key strategic objectives and supporting efforts to deliver a more sustainable Wales.

Delegates assessed 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, increasing connectivity and driving forward economic growth with public benefit across Wales.

Those in attendance also examined proposals for ensuring the planning system and the National Planning Framework are fit for the future, taking into potential reform to simplify planning law, the necessity to consider the implications of automation by 2030 for the NDF and how to support much needed digital infrastructure development.

Delegates also considered the potential impact of the NDF on wider policy aims such as mitigation of climate change and balancing environmental and economic demands. Sessions also examined how the NDF can best meet the needs of Welsh communities - focusing on the creation of sustainable places, provision of adequate levels of housing, as well as ensuring it meets 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