Ynys-hir RSPB reserve, view from Ynys Eidiol hide

Local planning pack - Wales

We've put together some useful information about the Welsh planning system to help better guide you through the local planning system.

Useful planning information

To help you make the most of your voice, we've produced a set of leaflets that give you the power to influence local decisions and protect the wildlife which is important to you.

Please refer to our downloadable documents for more help and information.

What to do before a case

Use your local knowledge to influence development at an early stage.

By understanding the planning system and how to respond to planning applications, you may be able to prevent a harmful development, or even enhance a proposal's value to wildlife.

What to do now

When dealing with a live planning application, you will need to be objective and decide if there is a genuine case. Wasting time on a weak element of your campaign may undermine other legitimate planning concerns.

Find out the key questions you need to ask in order to build a case for protecting wildlife through the planning system.

How to gain local support

The more people who know what you are trying to achieve, the more support you will likely get for your campaign. Find out how to get your local media and local politicians involved.


What needs planning permission? PDF, 506Kb

The planning system

Find out what can be done to protect birds. PDF, 498Kb

Protecting birds from development

What can and cannot be done to protect hedges and trees. PDF, 476Kb

Protecting hedgerows, trees and woodlands

Conservation designations can tell you whether a site is of importance. PDF, 471Kb

How to assess the value of a wildlife site

A step by step guide to getting involved. PDF, 568Kb

How to get involved with local development plans

Which types of development proposal are affected, what policies and procedures are applied, and how you can get involved. PDF, 465Kb

Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (IPC regime)

How you can influence your council to increase sustainability in your area. PDF, 494Kb

Addressing climate change through planning

Environmental Impact Assessment FAQs

Moon rising over lake at dawn, Lake Vyrnwy RSPB reserve

Find answers to frequently asked questions around Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in Wales, including what they are and what they're used for.