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Wales round-up: Anglesey Enterprise Zone expands; regeneration plans for Welsh towns approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18 July-24 July, 2015

Anglesey Enterprise Zone expands

The boundaries of Anglesey Enterprise Zone are to be extended to maximise economic benefits for the region and will include a marine renewable energy zone and the Menai Science Park site. 

The Planner

Minister approves major regeneration plans for town centres across Wales 

Communities minister Lesley Griffiths has set out how £5 million of Welsh Government funding will be used to boost town centres in Tredegar, Rhymney, Grangetown, Llanelli, Rhyl, Caernarfon and Barry.

Welsh Government

National transport finance plan published

The Welsh Government’s National Transport Finance Plan 2015 has been published setting out a timetable for delivery, estimated expenditures and sources of funding for the administration’s key transport projects.

Welsh Government

Concerns about Natural Resources Wales’s independence from Welsh Government

Doubts over Natural Resources Wales's independence from Welsh Government prompts Welsh Assembly concern.

Wales Online

Views sought on Wales’s energy future

The National Assembly for Wales's Environment and Sustainability Committee has been canvassing views on how the country can achieve a smarter energy future.

National Assembly for Wales

City college building could be turned into student accommodation

An old city college building is set to be turned into student accommodation if Cardiff City planners give the go-ahead.

Wales Online

Former Cardiff hospital could finally be turned into affordable housing if developers get green light

A former hospital in Butetown could finally be transformed into affordable housing if planners give the scheme the green light.

Wales Online

Coal gas plan for Dee Estuary ‘on hold’

Plans to burn coal seams underneath the Dee Estuary off the Point of Ayr to produce gas have been put on hold by a mineral exploration company.

BBC News

New report praises council for city centre regeneration

Newport's Friars Walk development is the only one from Wales to be highlighted in a new report looking at the UK’s top retail-led regeneration schemes.

Newport City Council

Lagoon plans need to be considered together, urges head of Natural Resources Wales

A strategic approach is needed for lagoon plans in Severn estuary insists Emyr Roberts, head of Natural Resources Wales.

Wales Online

Brymbo’s fossil forest given SSSI protected status

The site of a fossilised forest believed to date back more than 300 million years, located at the former Brymbo steelworks site near Wrexham, has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) to protect its future.

BBC News

Green light for £200m Cynon Valley gas-fired power plant

A gas-fired power station earmarked for a site on the Hirwaun industrial estate in the Cynon Valley has obtained development control consent from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

BBC News