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19/05/2017

Wales round-up: Further delay as government ponders whether to guarantee Circuit of Wales project; Plaid Cymru promises to escalate energy renewables

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 13 May-19 May, 2017

Further delay as government ponders whether to guarantee Circuit of Wales project

Welsh ministers have accused the developers of the Circuit of Wales project of providing ‘inaccurate’ information, as it faces further delays.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Plaid Cymru promises to escalate energy renewables 

Plaid Cymru has promised to fund new Welsh railways, roads and affordable homes as well as increase energy generation from renewable energy sources.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Lib Dems vow to build 300,000 homes a year

The Liberal Democrats have set a target of building 300,000 homes a year for sale and rent as well as creating 10 new garden cities.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Labour vows to resource planning departments

The Labour Party has pledged to ‘properly resource and bolster’ planning authorities with fuller powers so that communities are at the heart of planning.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Conservatives to change planning law for shale applications

The Conservative Party has pledged to deliver an additional 500,000 homes by 2022, on top of the current target to deliver one million by 2020, as well as to change planning law for shale applications and digitise the planning process.

The Planner

Film and TV studios set to be created in Cardiff

A new film and TV studio complex is set to be based at Trident Park, Ocean Way, close to Cardiff city centre, under a deal involving the Welsh Government.

Welsh Government

New cancer centre could cause traffic chaos, say residents

Proposals for a new cancer centre in Cardiff could cause traffic chaos and destroy wildlife, according to concerned residents.

Wales Online

M4 relief road plan ‘needs flood defence fund commitment’

A long-term commitment to fund flood defences along the route of the M4 relief road is needed before the scheme goes ahead, Natural Resources Wales has told the public inquiry in Newport.

BBC News

M4 relief road: Conservation land loss ‘unacceptable’

The loss of over 100 hectares of conservation land caused by the proposed M4 relief road would be ‘unacceptable’, Natural Resources Wales has told the public inquiry in Newport, after highlighting that the route would affect four Sites of Special Scientific Interest along the Gwent Levels.

BBC News

Permission to dismantle Colwyn Bay pier requested

Permission has been requested to dismantle and redevelop the grade II-listed Victoria Pier in Colwyn Bay.

BBC News

Employment in Wales hits ‘record high’

Economy secretary Ken Skates has highlighted that 38,497 jobs were supported in Wales in 2016/17 because of government action.

Welsh Government

Cardiff in danger of running out of office space

Cardiff is running short of best quality office space to meet strong demand from companies in the city looking to expand and those seeking to bring in investment and jobs, according to international real estate adviser Savills.

Wales Online

Views sought on sustainability appraisal

The Welsh Government is consulting on the draft sustainability appraisal for its proposed National Development Framework. The deadline for responses is 21 July.

Welsh Government

Housing development possible thanks to Welsh Government funding

A new housing development in Cardiff, funded with over £1.4 million from the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant and the Smaller Properties programme, has been opened by the communities secretary Carl Sargeant.

Welsh Government

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