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Pre-application community consultation: going beyond the requirements

When: 21 March, from 11:45am to 4:00pm

Where: Catrin Finch Building, Wrexham Glyndŵr University



Welsh Government has introduced minimum requirements for pre-application community consultation for all significant planning applications.

Good developments are those that work well with their local areas, which means working with local communities.  However, some convincing is still required from each perspective to develop a positive and beneficial process.

For communities, faced with limited resources, meaningful consultation should involve early discussions with developers about ‘options’ rather than draft planning applications and a clear understanding about how comments are taken forward in shaping outcomes.

For the local authority wanting to avoid it becoming a box ticking exercise means finding pro-active ways for encouraging and supporting three-way dialogue between planning authority, community and developer.

For developers, overcoming fears that pre-application community consultation can trigger about wasted time, added costs and increased risk.

Building on these lessons this network event will explore how we can go beyond these minimum requirements to bring benefits for all involved.

This event will:

  • explain the requirements for pre-application consultation
  • explain Welsh Government’s expectations for going beyond these requirements
  • explore what each perspective – community, developer, planning authority and Welsh Government – can do to address challenges and maximise benefits
  • help shape emerging guidance for communities about pre-application community consultation



Owen Struthers, Welsh Government

Sue Manns, Pegasus Group

Matthew Phillips, Wrexham Borough Council

Ed Humphreys, Newtown Town Council

Joseph Thomas, Planning Aid Wales


Who should attend?

  • community representatives
  • local planning authority officers & members
  • developers & planning consultants


How much to attend?

Full delegate:  £40

Community & Town Councils:   £20

Community: £15

Students and PAW volunteers: £10

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