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Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)

The council produces Supplementary Guidance (SPG) on a wide variety of development issues. These provide applicants and decision makers with further information on how the policies of the Swansea Local development Plan (LDP) will be applied.

Adopted SPG:  

Since the adoption of the LDP in February 2019 the Council has adopted the following SPG: 

The following SPG were adopted by the Council prior to formal adoption of the Swansea LDP, however they remain valid and important guidance to inform planning decision making given they: 

  • fundamentally align with LDP Policy and  provide useful guidance to confirm how the Council considers the LDP policy aims and objectives should be interpreted 
  • are referenced within the adopted LDP as a supporting document 
  • are consistent with national guidance and overarching principles of placemaking 
  • were relatively recently approved following stakeholder engagement and public consultation 


Future SPG:

Appendix 10 of the Adopted SPG sets out various SPG that the Council has committed to drafting and adopting over the Plan period, which includes: 

  • Planning Obligations (new version)
  • Car Parking Strategy and Standards (new version)
  • Swansea Central Area Regeneration Framework (new version)
  • Conversion of Rural Buildings 
  • Open Space 
  • Green Infrastructure 
  • Gower Landscape Sensitivity and Capacity for Caravan and Campsites 
  • Minerals Safeguarding 
  • Fabian Way Development Framework
  • Locally Important Historic Assets
  • Conservation Area Appraisals (various)

Houses in Multiple Occupation and Purpose Built Student Accommodation

This document provides guidance to augment Policies H9 and H11 of the LDP, and provide clarity on the interpretation of those policies, in order to inform decision making on HMOs and PBSA proposals.

Biodiversity and Development

This document provides guidance to augment Policies ER6, ER8 and ER9 of the LDP, and provide clarity on the interpretation of those policies, in order to ensure development within Swansea maintains and enhances the County's biodiversity and delivers long term ecosystem resilience. This aligns with the Council's duties s6 under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and the Resilient Wales Goal of the Well Being of Future Generations Act 2015, and is consistent with National Development Plan (Future Wales) Policy.

Consultation Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance

Consultation on draft Swansea Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) documents