Planning and development
Our role in planning and development and what you need to do to protect wildlife, landscape and people if you are a planning a development.
Our role in planning and development
NRW is committed to support the delivery of sustainable development, and fulfil its role within an efficient and effective planning system.
NRW’s duties and responsibilities in responding to planning application consultations are set out in various legislation and national planning policies.
NRW places high importance on providing up-to-date and robust advice to planning authorities in their preparation of development plans.
Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
In Wales, substantial energy and port projects are classified as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).
Discretionary planning advice service
NRW is a statutory consultee in the planning system, where we are consulted on a range of matters as part of the planning application, and development plan making systems.
We provide advice on proposed developments and activities located in Welsh Territorial Waters out to the 12 nautical mile boundary.
Advice for developers and marine planners
If you are planning on carrying out work in a European Marine Site you must follow the advice set out in our Regulation 35 documents.
We offer evidence, guidance and advice across a wide range of policies, programmes, plans and projects.
LANDMAP - the Welsh landscape baseline
LANDMAP is an all-Wales landscape resource where landscape characteristics, qualities and influences on the landscape are recorded and evaluated.
Find protected areas of land and seas
Find out which areas of land and seas around Wales are protected, how they are managed, and what you need to do if you are a land owner or occupier
Environmental assessment in Wales
The environment and natural resources of Wales are unique and precious, so it is important to assess the environmental effects – whether positive or negative - of plans, programmes, strategies, projects and any development proposals before they are approved.
NRW receives around 7,000 planning consultations annually, and our performance in responding to consultations is reported to the NRW Board on a regular basis.
The role of Natural Resources Wales in environmental assessment
Natural Resources Wales has four principal roles to play in implementing the SEA, EIA or HRA Directives, Regulations and processes: