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Wales round-up: Agreement on Cardiff Capital Region City Deal business plan; Welsh Government rail move

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 24 February-2 March, 2018

Agreement on Cardiff Capital Region City Deal business plan

A five-year strategic business plan to leverage maximum economic and social benefits from the £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal fund has been formally agreed by the entity’s cabinet.

The Planner

Claim that Swansea tidal lagoon requires less money

An influential MP has claimed that the company behind the planned Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon needs less subsidy money than previously expected, a move which supporters hope could finally pave the way for the £1.3 billion project to be built.

Wales Online

Welsh Government rail move

Rail services operating between Wales and London could be re-mapped on to a new franchise procured and managed by the Welsh government, according to economy and transport secretary Ken Skates.

Welsh Government

Cardiff doubles housing target

Cardiff council has announced plans to build 2,000 new council homes in the city – double its existing target – in a bid to meet the high demand for social housing.

Cardiff City Council

Snowdonia damaged by off-roaders

Parts of Snowdonia are being destroyed by off-road vehicles, national park bosses have said.

BBC News

Rallying cry by NRW’s new chief

Clare Pilman, the new chief executive of Natural Resources Wales, has issued a rallying cry to put the environment at the heart of Wales’s well-being.

Natural Resources Wales

Pen y Fan footpath cash call

The National Trust has made an appeal for cash to ensure the maintenance of footpaths on the iconic Welsh peak Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

BBC News

Pembrokeshire floating power project

Renewable energy company Wave Hub has submitted an environmental scoping report for its proposed offshore demonstration zone designed to showcase floating power generation projects at a site off the Pembrokeshire coast.

Insider Media

Newport listed mansion conversion

A grade II-listed mansion in Newport is to be converted into a seven-bedroom guesthouse and restaurant following the go-ahead for the scheme by the city council.

Insider Media

Abergavenny homes land deal

Developer Persimmon Homes has bought a 9-hectare site on the outskirts of Abergavenny with permission for 250 new homes.

Wales Online

Go-ahead for Gwynedd poultry project

Proposals for a poultry unit housing 32,000 chickens for free-range egg production in Gwynedd have been approved.

BBC News

Pembrokeshire power scheme is first DNS project

Energy company Valero has announced that it will invest £127 million in a combined heat and power co-generation unit at its Pembrokeshire refinery site; it's the first project to gain consent under the country’s Development of National Significance regime.

Welsh Government