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Wales round-up: Cardiff city deal growth ambitions threatened by out-of-date housing projections; Sargeant launches Welsh £100m regeneration programme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 21 October-27 October, 2017

Cardiff city deal growth ambitions threatened by out-of-date housing projections

The growth ambitions outlined in the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal could be hampered by poor plan-making and a lack of housing, warns planning consultancy Lichfields in a new report.

The Planner

Sargeant launches Welsh £100m regeneration programme

Welsh communities secretary Carl Sargeant has launched a £100 million regeneration programme aimed at building resilient communities.

The Planner

Businesses concerned about infrastructure delivery rate

A survey has suggested that businesses and the public are worried about the speed with which infrastructure is delivered.

The Planner

Enterprise zone row in Senedd

A row has broken out in the Welsh Assembly after ministers claimed the country’s eight enterprise zones had seen £221 million of public investment since 2012, creating and safeguarding more than 10,000 jobs, with Tory AMs describing the zones as ‘subsidy farms’.

BBC News

New town and village green regime

The administration has begun consulting on proposals to bring into force sections 52 and 53 of, and Schedule 6 to, the Planning (Wales) Act 2015, which amend the Commons Act 2006 by introducing new procedures providing owners with a right to end use of their land as a green.

Welsh Government

Affordable homes of the future

Communities secretary Carl Sargeant has announced 22 affordable housing projects designed to develop the ‘homes of the future’ with support from the government’s Innovative Housing Programme.

Welsh Government

Updated Welsh language TAN

The government has published an updated Technical Advice Note 20, which covers planning and the Welsh language.

Welsh Government

New loans for housing associations

Principality Building Society's commercial team has agreed to provide £50 million in loans to housing associations in Wales to help build 13,000 affordable homes by 2021.

Insider Media

Wrexham steelworks project

Plans to regenerate a former iron and steelworks site in Wrexham have been given an £800,000 boost.

BBC News

Whisky move

New images have been unveiled showing how Swansea’s historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks site could soon be transformed into a centrepiece for the production of Welsh whisky.

Wales Online

Metro extension to Carmarthen?

Carmarthenshire councillors have called for ambitious plans for a metro system in South Wales to be extended to Carmarthen and the Amman Valley.

Wales Online

Capital’s veg pledge

Cardiff has become one of the first UK cities to sign a Veg Pledge, which commits it to using its influence to increase the consumption of vegetables.

Cardiff City Council

Millionaire’s Penarth dream home bid

A millionaire, whose £1 million house partly collapsed during work to install a huge basement, is trying for the second time to rebuild his dream home in Penarth with revised plans for a six-bedroom home over four floors.

Wales Online

Energy planning policy move

Environment secretary Lesley Griffiths has announced that the administration is set to consult on whether planning policy should be amended to be no longer supportive of unconventional oil and gas extraction, including shale gas or coal bed methane extraction.

Welsh Government

New twist for Cardiff bus station saga

Plans for a replacement bus station in the capital are back in the melting pot with the city council looking both at a scheme funded largely by student accommodation above the new facility and now an alternative proposal involving an entirely office-based scheme – in which the government is also interested.

Wales Online

Marine energy funding boost

Wales’s marine energy sector has received a further boost now that some £1.2 million of EU funds will be invested to create a test area for developers in the Milford Haven Waterway.

Welsh Government