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Wales round-up: Blueprint to boost North Wales economy published; MoD and Network Rail unlock land for over 25,000 homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 3 September-9 September, 2016

Blueprint to boost North Wales economy published

Devolving powers over employment, taxes, skills and transport to North Wales would boost its economy, jobs and productivity, a report under consideration by the region's six local authorities has claimed.

The Planner

MoD and Network Rail unlock land for over 25,000 homes

Defence secretary Michael Fallon has announced plans to release 13 sites to build up 17,000 homes while Network Rail has released enough land for up to 12,000 homes.

The Planner

UCL campaign wins RTPI Sir Peter Hall award

The winners of the 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence have been announced at a ceremony at the UK-Ireland Planning Conference in Cardiff.

The Planner

Celebrations mark Severn Bridge's 50th anniversary

A vintage car procession has taken place across the original Severn Bridge to mark 50 years since it opened. The structure is now Grade I-listed.

BBC News

Snowdonia National Park Joint Housing Land Availability Study 2016 published

The latest joint housing land availability study for Snowdonia National Park indicates there is a 5.4-year supply of suitable sites.

Welsh Government

Conwy Falls hydro scheme could turn waterfall to 'trickle'

A Conwy waterfall could become a "Conwy trickle" if plans to divert a river as part of a renewable energy project go ahead, a conservation charity has warned.

BBC News

Swansea's £500m city revamp 'not hampered' by Brexit

Plans for a £500 million revamp of Swansea city centre should not be affected by Britain's decision to leave the EU, its council leader has said.

BBC News

Burry Port Harbour leisure and retail development site has been put up for sale

Land at Burry Port Harbour, which has planning consent for a mixed-use development, has been put up for sale by Carmarthenshire County Council and the Welsh Government.

Wales Online

New wave energy scheme comes to Pembrokeshire with EU funding

A new £5.8m scheme to generate energy from sea waves off the Pembrokeshire coast will be launched after securing £4 million in EU funding through the Welsh Government.

Welsh Government

Haverfordwest market to make way for £3.4m library

Plans to transform an indoor market in Haverfordwest into a county library for Pembrokeshire were backed this week by council members.

BBC News