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Wales round-up: £160m Snowdonia pump storage project approved; £32m fund to reduce flood risk to homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 4 March-10 March, 2017

£160m Snowdonia pump storage project approved

Work could start next year on a £160 million pumped storage power project earmarked for a site in the Snowdonia National Park following the approval of a development consent order.

The Planner

Budget 2017: Further devolution announced

Chancellor Philip Hammond said in his Budget that a city deal with Swansea is progressing.

The Planner

RTPI launches ‘one-stop-shop’ resource on gender and planning

The RTPI has launched a ‘one-stop-shop’ resource for members to understand how planning can deliver safe, healthy and sustainable environments for everyone.


Drakeford responds to the UK Government’s Spring Budget

The Spring Budget included £149 million of additional revenue funding between 2017-18 and 2019-20 and an extra £52 million of capital funding for Wales between 2017-18 and 2020-21, finance secretary Mark Drakeford confirmed this week. He expressed disappointment that the chancellor didn’t use the budget announcement to conclude the proposed Swansea Bay Region city deal.

Welsh Government

£32m fund to reduce flood risk to homes

Cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs Lesley Griffiths has announced £32 million capital funding to reduce the risk from flooding to more than 2,100 homes and businesses across Wales.

Welsh Government

£7m to help councils become energy efficient

The Welsh Government has approved over £7 million investment funding as part of an initiative to help local authorities become more energy efficient, reduce carbon emissions and save money.

Welsh Government

New partnership could see a flight from Wales to Heathrow Airport

The devolved administration has signed an agreement with Heathrow Airport designed to identify mutually beneficial commercial opportunities to support economic growth.

Wales Online

£1.8m regeneration plans Raffles Nightclub in Llanelli

A former Carmarthenshire nightclub and Llanelli town centre eyesore could be demolished and rebuilt within months under mixed-use proposals just unveiled by developer EON Investment.

BBC News

£10m holiday village expansion approved 

The popular Pembrokeshire tourist attraction Folly Farm has been granted detailed permission for its plans to build a £10 million tourist village featuring lodges, touring caravans and glamping facilities.

Wales Online

Circuit of Wales backers rebut the attacks by MP

The team behind the controversial Circuit of Wales scheme at Ebbw Vale has rebutted claims by a senior Conservative politician that the project is a delusionary ‘pipe-dream’. This war of words erupted after Monmouth MP David Davies, chair of the Commons Welsh Affairs Committee, called the proposals “an outrage” during a parliamentary debate.

Wales Online

Housing plans for factory site set for approval

Plans to develop more than 175 homes at in Caerphilly, on the site of a steel construction products factory are set to be consider by councillors.

Insider Media

Plans submitted for velodrome improvements

Plans have been lodged for the renovation of the historic Carmarthen Velodrome to provide improved facilities and enable the venue to host national events.

Insider Media

Approval for marina scheme

The first phase of the Fishguard Harbour Marina mixed-use scheme has been approved by Pembrokeshire Council.

Insider Media

More than 1,000 empty homes in Cardiff

More than 1,300 properties in the capital were vacant in 2015-16 – with 39 having been empty for a decade or more, new figures suggest.

Wales Online

Green light given for next round of Barry development

The latest phase of the regeneration of Barry’s waterfront area has been given the green light – with permission granted for dozens more new homes.

Wales Online

University reveals plans for new campus with 2,000 students

Ambitious plans for a multimillion-pound new School of Technologies have been unveiled by Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Wales Online