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Wales round-up: Certainty is key to boosting infrastructure investment, says RTPI Cymru; National park funding reinstated as park and AONB priorities clarified

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 28 July-3 August, 2018

Certainty is key to boosting Welsh infrastructure investment, says RTPI Cymru

The consenting process for infrastructure projects in Wales must be streamlined and simple to ensure that the country is a competitive place for investment, says RTPI Cymru.

The Planner

National park funding reinstated as park and AONB priorities clarified

The Welsh Government has reversed its decision to cut the budgets of the country’s three national parks and announced a set of priorities for the parks and the organisations that manage the five Welsh Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

The Planner

New planning service set to go live in September

The Planning Portal will launch its new financial transaction service in September.

The Planner

EZ jobs highlighted

Economy secretary Ken Skates has claimed that the government’s Enterprise Zone programme supported 1,550 jobs in 2017/18, bringing the total number of jobs supported to more than 12,250 since 2012.

Welsh Government News

New-built homes in Conwy face possible demolition

New home owners are furious after discovering bulldozers could move in to demolish their houses in Llanfairfechan, Conwy, because properties on the Fernbank estate are on land earmarked for a possible dual carriageway slip road for the A55 expressway.

BBC News

Retirement development for former Abergavenny police station

Proposals to build 47 retirement flats on the site of Abergavenny’s police station and former magistrates’ court have been recommended for approval.

South Wales Argus

Greenlight for Mold housing

A development of 160 homes at a site near Mold in Flintshire has been approved by the planning authority.

Insider Media

Capital bike-hire scheme to expand

Despite some teething problems, Cardiff’s bike-hire scheme is set to double in size towards the end of August with 500 cycles available for use.

Wales Online

Cardiff uni project

Cardiff University is consulting on plans to redevelop the former site of the university’s maths building into new accommodation for the School of Computer Science and Informatics, and the School of Mathematics.

Insider Media

Anglesey parking meter appeal

The RSPB has appealed against a decision by the Isle of Anglesey County Council to refuse it permission to install pay-and-display parking meters at South Stack near Holyhead.

BBC News

Brecon Beacons National Park elections

At this week’s AGM of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Ed Evans was voted in as the new chair of the authority while Julian Stedman takes over responsibility for planning, access and rights of way.    

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

AMs urge bold low-carbon homes strategy

Only a bold and decisive 10-year strategy will boost low-carbon housing construction and help meet the country’s carbon reduction targets, a National Assembly committee has concluded.

Welsh Assembly