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Wales round-up: Cardiff garden city plans, combined authority plan for 10 councils

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 6 December - 12 December, 2014

Garden city plans submitted for north-west Cardiff

Developers have submitted detailed plans for a 21st-century garden city in north-west Cardiff, with proposals for about 7,000 new homes and one main and three district centres. 

The Planner 

'Combined authority' plan for 10 south east Wales councils

Ten Welsh local authorities, including the City of Cardiff Council, have agreed to work together to develop a combined authority that could make key decisions for the south east Wales region on economic development, transport and planning.

BBC News 

National Transport Plan for Wales published

The Welsh government's new National Transport Plan has been published for consultation by transport minister Edwina Hart. It sets outs priorities for roads and public transport projects in the next five to 30 years for the whole of Wales and will sit alongside local transport plans being published by local authorities.

Welsh Government 

Planning Bill opponents to campaign against what it describes as 'damaging' legislation to local communities and the Welsh language

Opponents of the Planning Bill were due to meet in the mid-Wales town of Rhayader today (Friday 12 December) to plan a nationwide campaign against the proposed legislation which they see as damaging to local communities and the Welsh language.

Wales Online 

Carmarthenshire's 15,000 homes local plan is approved

Carmarthenshire County Council’s local development plan has been formally approved by the south west Wales local authority.

BBC News 

Rhondda Cynon Taf best in Wales for business start-ups

More new businesses have been started in Rhondda Cynon Taf than anywhere else in Wales since the recession, figures have revealed

Wales Online 

Revealed - New bus station earmarked for north of railway 

An overwhelming 70 per cent of the public vote wants Cardiff’s new bus station - part of the new Central Transport Hub - to be built north of the existing railway line on the Marland House/NCP car park site.

City of Cardiff Council 

Welsh government want same fracking powers as Scotland

Pressure grows for Wales to have the same power to control fracking that Scotland expects to gain

Wales Online 

Business Improvement District gets the green light

Newport City Council’s leader councilor Bob Bright has welcomed the positive support given for a Business Improvement District (BID) in the city centre.

Newport City Council 

New project to create compensatory saltmarsh habitat

Natural Resources Wales and the National Trust have begun working on an ambitious project - the first of its kind in Wales - to create a salt marsh at Cwm Ivy that will provide a new habitat for wildlife. The scheme will look at how best to recreate 39 hectares of intertidal salt marsh habitat and also secure compensatory habitat for future coastal flood defence works across the Carmarthen Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC). 

Natural Resources Wales 

Work to start on transforming Barry's historic pumphouse

Work is due to start on the transformation of one of the last industrial buildings on Barry Docks as the Grade II listed hydraulic pump house on what is now called Barry Waterfront is  turned into an office, restaurant and leisure complex plus 15 flats.

Wales Online 

First Marine Conservation Zone in Skomer

The waters around Skomer Island off the west coast of Pembrokeshire have become part of Wales’ first Marine Conservation Zone.