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Wales round-up: AMs back drive for more control of Welsh rail developments; M4 relief road D-day delay

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 2 February-8 February, 2019

AMs back drive for more control of Welsh rail developments 

Welsh Assembly Members (AMs) have come out in support of the Welsh Government’s bid for more powers and funding for rail services in Wales.

The Planner

M4 relief road D-day delay

First minister Mark Drakeford refused to be drawn on when he would decide on the M4 relief road scheme at Newport when quizzed by AMs this week. He insisted he had not yet received or read the report into the public inquiry, nor the advice officials were preparing for him.

Welsh Assembly

Damning NRW timber report

An independent review into how Natural Resources Wales (NRW) handled timber contracts has found 'serious failings' in the way it sold wood from the public woodlands it managed, however the agency has insisted that it has learnt from the debacle, which has happened each year for the past three.

BBC News

Ebbw Vale tourist project mooted

Plans to turn one of Wales's best-known retail parks into a new tourism attraction and shopping hub have been revealed by the new owners of the Festival Park Outlet Shopping and Leisure Park in Ebbw Vale.

Wales Online

Rhayader hydro scheme backed

A 1.1-megawatt hydroelectric power scheme planned for Afon Claerwen, a river in the Elan Valley near Rhayader, has been recommended for approval by Powys County Council officials.

Insider Media

Monmouthshire homes approved

Monmouthshire Council members have approved plans for a 144-home development close to the M4 at Undy, despite concerns that the house designs ‘lacked style'.

Wales Online

Music venue objects to Flintshire sheltered housing

The owners of a long-established music venue in Buckley, Flintshire, are objecting to plans to build sheltered housing nearby.

BBC News

Further town centre loans

The Welsh Government has added £4 million of funding to a loan scheme targeting town centre projects across Wales, bringing the total on offer to £31 million.

Welsh Government

Funding boost for Swansea Canal

Funding of over £320,000 has been confirmed to regenerate the historic Swansea Canal as a major visitor attraction.

Swansea City Council