Articles written by Huw Williams on Planning Law reform in Wales, co-authored with Dr Victoria Jenkins of Swansea University and published in the Journal of Planning and Environment Law 2016-17 can now be downloaded below.

The Planning (Wales) Act 2015: A Case Study in Evidence-Based Planning Reform Under Devolution.

 The Planning (Wales) Bill was introduced into the National Assembly for Wales on 6 October 2014 and received Royal Assent on 6 July 2015. This Act is the second piece of legislation in a series that began with the introduction of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. It has been followed by new laws on environmental and heritage protection.


Huw Williams' 2007 article "Planning Policies and Development Plans in Wales - Change and Coexistence" can be downloaded here.

Planning Law in Wales: Part 2 Lessons in Law-making for Wales

In their earlier article1 the authors set out the key provisions of the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 and how this related to both the evidence base and other related reforms of the law in Wales. In this article, we consider the passage of the Act as a case study in policy development and law-making under Welsh devolution and the prospects for further reform and restatement.


Planning Law in Wales: Part 3 Further Developments

In the previous articles in this series the authors have outlined the provisions of the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 ("the Planning Act") and considered what lessons can be drawn from the passage of the Bill in relation to law-making by the devolved institutions in Wales.1 In this final article, they consider the programme for implementing the further reforms to the Welsh planning system and a number of developments that are likely to affect land-use planning in Wales in the future and in particular the Wales Act 2017.2


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