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Wales round-up: £2bn pledged for power and food production facilities; Council mergers delayed as deal agreed to pass bill

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 17-23 October, 2015

Chinese investment group pledges £2bn for power and food production facilities

A Chinese investment group is to provide £2 billion backing for two innovative biomass-burning combined heat and power plants and associated food production stations in Wales.

The Planner 

Council mergers delayed as deal agreed to pass bill

A bill to pave the way for local government reform is set to be passed after Plaid Cymru agreed a deal with the Labour Welsh government to back it. But no council mergers will now take place before the 2016 assembly election.

BBC News

Measuring economic progress

Major new plans which set out how to measure the progress of the nation have been revealed by Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones. The plan, now out for consultation, outlines how 40 national indicators will help the Welsh Government measure the nation in areas such as health, environment, education and the economy.

Welsh Government 

Swansea looks to bring in 'tall buildings strategy' as part of plans to revamp the region

Swansea City Council is drawing up a high buildings strategy which after public consultation will become supplementary planning guidance.

Wales Online 

Council leader's barn saved from possible demolition

A renovated barn belonging to Carmarthenshire council's leader has been saved from possible demolition after planning committee members voted nine to eight in favour of granting retrospective permission after visiting the site.

BBC News

First Minister adds 'momentum' to proposed £1bn Cardiff city deal

First Minister Carwyn Jones has held a meeting with the 10 local authority leaders and chief executives to discuss the city deal bid for the Cardiff Capital Region.

Wales Online 

More than 11.5 million bike trips are made in Cardiff every year, new report finds

The number of people using bikes in Cardiff has gone up by 28 per cent in just one year according to a report released by sustainable transport charity Sustrans which not only shows a rise in the numbers using bikes but that support for cycling in the city is also strong.

Wales Online 

Welsh Government set to exceed ambitious 10,000 affordable homes target

Latest figures reveal the Welsh Government has already achieved 91 per cent of its target to provide 10,000 additional affordable homes this Assembly term, with over a year to go.

Welsh Government 

Concerns raised about reclamation grant cuts

Friends of the Earth Cymru has raised fears that cuts in funding for land reclamation schemes will see more green field land allocated for development.

Wales Online

Redrow house builder boss blasts 'crazy' regulations

Fewer homes will soon be built in Wales because of increasing red tape and regulation, according to Redrow chairman Steve Morgan.

BBC News 

£10m for Anglesey renewable energy and low carbon hub

An Anglesey science park has been given £10m from the EU for a hub which will focus on renewable energy development.

BBC News

Draft Wales Bill 'English veto on Welsh laws', says Jones

The UK’s draft Wales Bill has been published which confirms plans to give the Welsh administration greater planning responsibilities including the right to determine energy generation schemes of up to 350 megawatts. This will mean changes to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) regime.

BBC News

Plans for a hydro electric power station in Snowdonia beauty spot are set for approval

Plans for a hydro electric power station at the Fairy Glen near Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park are set for approval.

Wales Online

Application to demolish Colwyn Bay pier rejected 

An application by Conwy Council to demolish a north Wales pier has been refused by the Welsh government.

BBC News