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Wales round-up: Cardiff city deal makes political waves, Planning (Wales) Bill receives Royal Assent

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 4 July-10 July, 2015

Cardiff City Deal makes political waves

Politicians this week lined up in Parliament to support the idea of a Cardiff City Deal highlighted in Wednesday’s Summer Budget announcements. 

The Planner 

Planning (Wales) Bill receives Royal Assent

The Planning (Wales) Bill has been granted Royal Assent by the Queen.

The Planner

Campaigners claim victory in long fight against wind farm overlooking Swansea - but firm behind proposal plans to submit new application

The Welsh Government has blocked a planned wind farm overlooking Swansea that requires the deregulation of an area of common land, but firm RWE Innogy says it plans to submit a new common land exchange application.

Wales Online

500 new homes set for Newport’s ex-Whiteheads site

The former Whitehead Steelworks site in Newport could be transformed into a 498-home development, including a new primary school and a residential care home, under a planning application for the brownfield site submitted to Newport City Council.

South Wales Argus

Minister leads summit to aid restoration of opencast sites natural resources minister

Carl Sargeant insisted this week that he is committed to finding a solution to ensure full and sustainable restoration of opencast coal sites in Wales.

Welsh Government

Spate of ‘arson’ attacks on protected land near

Flint Arsonists are believed to be behind a spate of fires on protected land in Flintshire, said environment body Natural Resources Wales.

BBC News

Bluestone holiday resort built zipwire course and restaurant without planning permission

The owners of the Bluestone holiday resort in Pembrokeshire built zip wire course and restaurant without planning permission, it has emerged.

Wales Online

Solar farm plans for Rhug Estate concern archaeologists

An archaeological site in Denbighshire could be disturbed if plans for a solar farm near Corwen are given the go-ahead, the council has been warned.

BBC News

£1.2million for Welsh environment

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has announced £1.2 million of funding to invest over the next two years in projects to improve the environment across Wales.

Natural Resources Wales

M4 relief road plans thrown into disarray as plans for £1bn route are ‘quietly dropped’

Media claims surface that the M4 relief road project has been  thrown into disarray as plans for the so-called ‘Black Route’ endorsed by transport minister Edwina Hart are ‘quietly dropped'.

Wales Online