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Wales round-up: 2,000-home application submitted in Swansea; Griffiths high on ambition for clean energy

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 23 September-29 September, 2017

2,000-home application submitted in Swansea

A developer has submitted outline proposals for a new development of up to 1,950 new homes on farmland on the northern flank of Swansea.

The Planner

Route confirmed for Deeside infrastructure investment

Economy secretary Ken Skates has announced the red route as the preferred option for the £250 million Deeside corridor scheme designed to provide increased capacity on the existing A548, with a new road linking the A55 and A548 just after the Flintshire Bridge.

Welsh Government

Griffiths high on ambition for clean energy

Environment secretary Lesley Griffiths has set new targets for the country, which would mean one gigawatt of renewable energy will be community-owned by 2030 when 70 per cent of its electricity consumption will come from green power.

Welsh Government 

Concerns Cardiff’s Coal Exchange developers not following procedure

The City of Cardiff Council is examining whether the developer of the Coal Exchange is carrying out work without planning consent. 

Wales Online

Carwyn Jones predicts the UK Government will axe the Swansea lagoon

First Minister Carwyn Jones has claimed the UK Government is poised to axe the proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.

Wales Online

Cancellation of rail electrification in Wales inquiry launched

The Welsh Affairs Select Committee has announced that it will hold an inquiry into the UK Government’s decision to scrap plans to electrify the rail line between Cardiff and Swansea.

UK Parliament

Plans to dump Hinkley Point mud off South Wales criticised

Plans to dredge 300,000 tonnes of mud as part of construction work on the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant on the Somerset coast and dump it in Cardiff Bay has been criticised as posing a risk of radioactive exposure for Welsh residents.

BBC News

£4m to drive marine and tidal energy development in North Wales

The marine and tidal energy sector in North Wales is set to be boosted by £4.5 million of EU and Welsh Government funds, which will support Mentor Môn's £5.6 million Morlais scheme involving tidal stream technologies off Anglesey.

Welsh Government

M4 relief road: Route ‘attack on nature’ claim

The £1.1 billion M4 relief road around Newport represents a ‘direct attack on nature’ in the Gwent Levels, conservationists have told the public inquiry into the project.

BBC News

Plant! reaches 300,000 tree milestone

A tree-planting initiative dreamed up by a Cardiff schoolgirl nine years ago has led to the creation of 15 new woodlands in Wales with the planting this week of the 300,000th tree. In a separate but related development, the Woodlands Trust has just launched a scheme that will see thousands of volunteers plant 100,000 trees and improve 75 miles of hedgerows.

Natural Resources

Anger at plan for 32,000 chicken shed in Carmarthenshire

Proposals to build a giant shed to house 32,000 free-range chickens near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire have ‘split the local community’, say opponents.

BBC News

Bid to boost Newtown’s recreational facilities

An ambitious project that would see 40 hectares of open space at Newton, Powys, turned into recreational land with play facilities and allotments is now the subject of a bid for £1 million Lottery funding.

BBC News

Circuit of Wales bids for Cardiff City Deal cash backing

The controversial Circuit of Wales project is trying to persuade local authority leaders to back it, potentially using city deal cash, it has emerged.

Wales Online