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News in Brief: RTPI creates university masters fund, Work starts on Cardiff hydroelectric scheme

Words: Laura Edgar
Rural Scotland

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 26 May, 2015

RTPI creates university masters fund

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has created a new fund to generate bursaries for places on accredited university planning masters courses. Trudi Elliott, RTPI chief executive, told The Planner: “To help to address the challenge of producing future chartered town planners in the numbers we need, the RTPI has created a new fund to generate bursaries for places on accredited university planning masters courses this year. The scheme will also be used to raise awareness of the exciting opportunities there are within the profession.”

Deeside incinerator passed

Flintshire County Council planning committee has passed an application to build an £800 million incinerator on Deeside industrial estate. Passed by a one-vote margin, the decision comes weeks after councillors threw the application out convincingly.

Cardiff hydroelectric project work to start

A contract has been agreed between the City of Cardiff Council and Dawnus Construction and work can now begin on a £2.6 million hydroelectric power project. The Radyr Scheme will channel water through two turbines next to the River Taff and use it to generate renewable energy. This can then be fed into the electricity grid. It is expected to generate enough electricity to power 550 homes once completed.

Dumfries wind farm downsized

Burcote Wind will return to planning with a slimmed-down version of its Sandy Knowe wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway after the Scottish Government rejected the original 90 megawatt (MW) project. Burcote Wind will hold public exhibitions for a 24-turbine, 48 MW layout - a decrease of six turbines from the original plan.

Scottish rural development programme approved

Europe has approved Scotland’s new rural development programme. It would, according to the Scottish Government, provide £1.3 billion of support to Scottish farming, food production, rural communities and the environment until 2020.