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Wales round-up: Call to relax controls on phone masts to eradicate ‘not spots’; Date set for public inquiry into M4 relief road

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 16 July-22 July, 2016

Call to relax controls on phone masts to eradicate ‘not spots’

Wales Office minister Guto Bebb has voiced his hope that mobile "not spots” can be eradicated from the country and urged the devolved administration to adopt the English practice of allowing taller masts that don’t need planning permission.

The Planner

Confidence drops in UK commercial property market – report

The UK commercial property market has seen a significant drop in investor demand and confidence following the vote to leave the European Union.

The Planner 

RTPI: Is planning reform heading in the right or wrong direction?

The RTPI is seeking the views of its members on the impact of recent planning reforms to the UK's planning systems and on their work.

The Planner

Cardiff tops a list of cities expected to see a huge rise in demand for domestic energy

Cardiff will see the highest increase in demand for domestic electricity of any major city in the UK, including London, by 2035, shows a new report.

Wales Online

Date set for public inquiry into M4 relief road

Infrastructure secretary Ken Skates has announced that the inquiry into a new stretch of the M4 motorway near Newport will begin on November 1. A procedural pre-inquiry meeting was held this week.

Wales Online 

Caerphilly council scraps plans for 12,400 new homes

Caerphilly County Borough Council has voted to withdraw its proposed draft replacement local development plan which earmarked sites for 12,400 new homes up to 2031.

BBC News

Housing land availability studies published

Latest joint housing land availability studies for Monmouthshire and Rhondda Cynon Taff have been published showing, respectively, a 4.1 and 1.5-year supply of sites.

Welsh Government

Welsh Government making progress to manage increasing coastal flood and erosion risks

The government has been urged by The Welsh Audit Office to provide a clear national strategic lead on managed retreat for communities affected by coastal flooding so that councils can work with these communities and improve their safety.

Welsh Audit Office

Menai Science Park plans for Anglesey given green light

Detailed planning permission for a science park, which will be based near Gaerwen on Anglesey, has been granted.

BBC News 

Mynydd Y Gwair wind farm: Welsh Government approves plans

The Welsh Government has approved RWE Innogy’s common land applications to allow for the construction and operation of the 33.6 MW Mynydd y Gwair wind farm. The 16-turbine scheme is earmarked for a site near Swansea.

BBC News