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News in Brief: Burnley’s biggest wind turbines switched on, Welsh heritage bill

Words: Laura Edgar
Tintern Abbey

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 5 May, 2015

Work on homes at college site begins

Developer Bellway Homes (North East) has begun work on more than 100 homes at The Mill Lane College site, South Tyneside. Contractors are now on site to prepare for the demolition of college buildings. The college closed four years ago because of rising maintenance costs.

Burnley’s biggest wind farm switched on

Eight new turbines have been switched on after a £22.5 million revamp of Burnley’s biggest wind farm. ScottishPower Renewables has replaced 24 turbines at Coal Clough Wind Farm with eight more powerful models. It is expected that the upgrade will power 8,500 homes a year, increasing the generating capacity from 9.6 megawatts to 16 megawatts.

Welsh Government to launch heritage bill

A heritage bill is being launched to give the Welsh Government more powers to protect historic sites and buildings in Wales. Its strictures would allow for immediate action to be taken against anyone found damaging the sites - and give greater help to local authorities protecting them from decay. According to a report on ITV News, the bill would also see the creation of an independent panel to provide Welsh ministers with advice on policy and strategy affecting the Welsh historic environment.

Part of Crossrail network opens in capital

The first part of the Crossrail network has opened in London. The shopping centre designed by Foster & Partners and a roof garden designed by Gillespies sit in the same structure that will house the Canary Wharf Crossrail station. The seven-storey building includes fours levels of shops, cafés, restaurants and public gardens.