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Our National Development Framework, setting the direction for development in Wales to 2040.

First published:
14 August 2019
Last updated:

Future Wales: The National Plan 2040

Future Wales is the national development framework for Wales and has development plan status.

Future Wales should be read alongside Planning Policy Wales.

Future Wales mapping

Digital maps of Future Wales spatial policies. Also includes map data for download to digital mapping systems.  

Education packs

Impact assessments

The preparation of Future Wales has been underpinned by impact assessments including an Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).

The purpose of the ISA is to ensure the principles of sustainable development are embedded into Future Wales at every stage of its preparation.

Monitoring framework

Sets out how the Welsh Government will monitor and review Future Wales.

Preparation of Future Wales

Future Wales was prepared over several years. The following evidence supported the preparation process.