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Wales round-up: Brickbats for Marine Plan as it is debated in Senedd; Investment offer for Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 6 January-12 January, 2018

Brickbats for Marine Plan as it is debated in Senedd

Lesley Griffiths, cabinet secretary for energy and planning, has hailed what she called ‘the beginning of a new strategic marine planning regime' when the Welsh Assembly debated the administration’s first draft marine plan.

The Planner

Nurses priced out of NHS homes

The New Economics Foundation says homes to be built on NHS land will have an average expected sale price that is 10 times the annual salary of a nurse.

The Planner

Government publishes environment plan

Prime Minister Theresa May has published the government’s 25-year environment plan, which includes measures to work with partners in the devolved administrations in producing marine plans for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Planner

Investment offer for Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

One year on from the Hendry Review, First Minister Carwyn Jones has committed to providing further investment – reported to be a sum of at least £100 million - to kick-start the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon and is urging the UK Government to give the project the green light.

Welsh Government

Brexit fund

The administration has announced a £50 million EU Transition Fund to help Welsh businesses and public services plan and prepare for Brexit.

Welsh Government

Green light expected for Cardiff student flats

A revised proposal for a five-block development on a brownfield site near Cardiff University’s Llys Talybont halls of residence that could house as many as 350 students has been recommended for approval by city council planners.

BBC News

Row over Lampeter school demolition

Lampeter residents have expressed anger over proposals submitted to Ceredigion County Council to demolish a former Victorian school and replace it with a total of 21 new flats and houses.

Wales Online

Call for clarity on Llandeilo bypass

Carmarthen politicians have called for clarity from the Welsh administration over the fate of the long-promised £50 million Llandeilo bypass.

Wales Online

Wakeboarding facility near Penarth ditched

Plans for a wakeboarding facility at the Cosmeston Lakes country park near Penarth have been axed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Wales Online

NRW in the dock over Cardiff tree removal

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has defended its decision to remove trees and replace them with new ones as part of a flood prevention scheme in the Roath area of Cardiff, which has triggered protests.

Natural Resources Wales

Toll removal boost for industrial development?

Newport-based property consultant Dan Smith has claimed that reducing then abolishing the tolls paid on Severn bridges will make industrial space on the Welsh side of the border more attractive to occupiers – especially to businesses currently located in Bristol and the south west of England.

Wales Online

Pontarddulais development

Carmathenshire County Council planners have recommended that a 51-home development proposed by developer Persimmon Homes just off the M4 at Fforest near Pontarddulais should be approved despite significant local opposition.

Insider Media

Abergele noise solution

A new ‘low noise surfacing’ is being put down on a stretch of the A55 at Abergele following complaints from residents.

BBC News

Regeneration boost for Neath Port Talbot

Ministers have agreed a £500,000 town centre loan to support regeneration in Neath Port Talbot as part of the government’s commitment to creating prosperity in Valleys communities.

Welsh Government

Cwmbran town green bid fails

Members of Torfaen County Borough Council have rejected a bid to register a former school playing field in Cwmbran earmarked for residential development as a town or village green, after an independent assessment concluded the site did not satisfy the necessary criteria.

BBC News