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Planning Policy FAQs

Q: Does the Authority have a current Development Plan?
A: Yes. A Local Development Plan, adopted in September 2010, containing the general and area specific policies for development within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Q: What is a Local Development Plan (LDP)?
A: An LDP is a new-style Development Plan, which all Local Planning Authorities must prepare. It provides a measure of certainty about what kind of development will and will not be permitted during the Plan period.

Q: What policies are relevant to a Planning Application?
A: The Planning System consists of a hierarchy of policies from national, to local level. Policies formed at a national and regional level have been used to guide the preparation of the Local Development Plan. All planning applications are considered against the policies set out in national policy documents and the Local Development Plan. There may also be other matters to consider, these are called ‘Material Considerations’.

Q: What geographical area does the National Park Planning Service cover?
A: The Authority covers the geographical area of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park which is clearly marked out on the Proposals Map for the Local Development Plan. The service deals with both planning applications and the writing of planning policy.

Q: Do you have any Planning guidance notes?
A: We have a range of Local Planning Guidance Notes (supplementary planning guidance) available to help you with specific development enquiries.
There are also guidance notes that will help with a large range of planning topics.

Q: How do I comment on planning policy issues?
A: The National Park Authority has an adopted Local Development Plan.  As at September 2015 the Plan is under its first review. If you would like more information on how to input into these reviews please contact the Development Plans Team on
National planning policy is produced by the Welsh Government, so you will need to look at their website -

Don’t forget if you have more unanswered questions please email them through to the following email address. Email your questions to: