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26/11/2015

Wales round-up: Bill to cut number of council planning authorities published; Minister outlines proposals to boost growth

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 21 November-27 November, 2015

Bill to cut number of council planning authorities published

Halving the number of planning authorities as part of moves to reorganise Welsh local government could contribute to savings of £650 million over 10 years, the Welsh Government claimed this week.

The Planner

£1.2bn City Deal for the Cardiff Capital Region backed

A £1.2 billion City Deal for the Cardiff Capital Region gets backing from George Osborne in his Comprehensive Spending Review this week.

Wales Online

Minister outlines proposals to boost green growth

Planning and natural resources minister Carl Sargeant has outlined proposals to boost green growth by accelerating investment in resource efficiency projects, in renewable energy and in energy from waste schemes.

Welsh Government

Plans revealed for 75,000 sq ft office scheme in Cardiff

Property developer JR Smart has unveiled plans for a 6,967 square metre speculative office project at its Capital Quarter regeneration scheme in the centre of Cardiff.

Wales Online

Rail electrification between Cardiff and Swansea delayed

The electrification of the Great Western Railway line between Cardiff and Swansea will take longer than expected, a Network Rail report has confirmed. Most of the programme to modernise the line from London to Cardiff will go ahead as planned and should be delivered by March 2019. But the route farther west, due to be improved by 2018, will now not be done until between 2019 and 2024.

BBC News

Fforest Fawr becomes a UNESCO Global Geopark

Fforest Fawr Geopark in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales, has been recognised as one of the UK’s seven Global Geoparks under a new UNESCO initiative.

Brecon and Radnor Express

South Wales to be promoted as a financial centre

Economic secretary to the UK Treasury Harriett Baldwin has launched a project to attract more financial services sector companies to the Cardiff city region.

UK Government

Tidal Lagoon Power makes 17 redundancies as concern grows over subsidy delay

Tidal Lagoon Power makes 17 redundant as concern mounts over continued delay on a decision on a subsidy for Swansea Bay tidal lagoon and uncertainty remains over the project’s financing.

Wales Online

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