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Wales round-up: Bill unveiled to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, Swansea’s Kingsway could be transformed by green space

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 8 May-15 May, 2015

Bill unveiled to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets

The Welsh Government will be required to set legally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050 under a proposed new law exhibited this week.

The Planner

Professional bodies lay out 16 steps for tackling underperforming towns and cities

Four economic and regeneration professional bodies, including the RTPI, have collaborated on a report that focuses on economic potential.

The Planner

Swansea’s Kingsway could be transformed by green space

A main route through Swansea City Centre could be transformed by a pedestrian-friendly plaza under council plans to boost business.

BBC News

Carmarthen veterans home plan will not go ahead despite appeal win

A charity that won an appeal to convert a residential property in Carmarthen into a home for armed forces veterans says it has decided not to go ahead because of local “negativity”.

BBC News

£10m Anglesey science park approved by council

Outline plans for a science park near Gaerwen on Anglesey, which could create 700 jobs, have been given the go-ahead by the council’s planning committee.

Daily Post

Councillors voice Cardiff bus station concerns

Councillors voice concern over new Cardiff bus station because of confidentiality over some of the designs.

Wales Online

City of Cardiff Council to receive advice business partnerships

Australian expert on urban renewal to advise City of Cardiff on public/private business partnerships.

City of Cardiff Council

Historic maps used to protect Gower’s ancient woodland

Historic maps are being studied to help protect some of rural Swansea’s rich biodiversity.

City and County of Swansea

Roads and routes for walkers and cyclists in £27m boost

Road bottlenecks and safer routes for walkers and cyclists in Wales will be tackled as a result of nearly £27 million funding just announced by transport minister Edwina Hart. The money given to local councils includes nearly £2 million for a Llangefni Link Road on Anglesey and major road schemes costing around £1.3 million each in Carmarthen, Ceredigion, and Swansea.

BBC News

Owners of hobbit house plan one final throw of the dice to save their home

Owners of Pembrokeshire’s threatened hobbit house will hear next week if they have been successful in a bid for retrospective planning permission based on sustainable criteria.

Wales Online

Welsh cities ‘risk being left behind’ to Northern powerhouse

Cities in Wales risk being left behind unless there is action by ministers to match words in reports, according to a think tank.

BBC News