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Wales round-up: Changes tabled for Welsh listed building consent regime; Road charging study announced

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 7 March-13 March, 2020

Changes tabled for Welsh listed building consent regime

The Welsh Government has proposed changes to the listed building consent regime that would make planning authorities, rather than ministers, responsible for determining certain categories.

The Planner

Budget 2020: ‘Changed mindset’ behind new devolution deals and local growth funding

A 'changed mindset' that will see a greater focus on the UK's nations, towns and cities beyond London and England is behind pledges of new deals and growth funding in the Budget.

The Planner

Budget 2020: Government vows to increase tree planting and establish carbon storage sites

The government will plant enough trees to ‘cover an area the size of Birmingham’ and establish a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Infrastructure Fund to establish CCS in at least two UK sites, according to chancellor Rishi Sunak, as he outlined his first Budget.

The Planner

Road charging study announced

The administration has commissioned an independent review of road-user charging from transport guru Derek Turner, He will report by the autumn on the benefits and challenges of measures like distance and congestion charging as well as workplace and retail parking levies.

Welsh Government

Newport data centre development

Data centre company Next Generation Data, based in Imperial Park, Marshfield, has submitted proposals to build four new three-storey buildings on its Newport site, but is meeting opposition from nearby residents who are concerned at noise and visual intrusion.

South Wales Argus

Flood risks featured

A BBC news feature has claimed that between 2016 and 2019 more than 2,000 houses were granted planning permission in flood-risk areas in Wales, raising questions about how both central and local government are handling flood-risk issues and whether policy on development in the flood plain is fit for purpose.

BBC News

Ruthin housing blocked

Proposals for a 77-house development close to an area at Ruthin devastated by flooding eight years ago have been rejected by Denbighshire Council’s planning committee, which was also concerned about traffic issues. Officials had recommended the scheme should be approved.

BBC News

National Planetarium moves

Dark Sky Wales, the group behind plans for a national planetarium for Wales earmarked for the former Tower Colliery site in Hirwaun, have gained the support of the local council Rhondda Cynon Taff but require £40 million of funding to make it happen.

BBC News

Snowdonia spaceport test

A stratospheric balloon has been test-launched in a bid to demonstrate the feasibility of Spaceport Snowdonia, a facility proposed for Llanbedr Airfield, part of the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone.

Insider Media

Taller turbine for Gwent Levels

Newport City Council has approved plans to increase the height of a wind turbine by 20 metres to 150 metres, making it the most prominent man-made structure on the Gwent Levels.

Wales Online

Gower homes proposed

Coastal Housing Group and Ashgrove Partnerships have proposed a new development of 58 homes for Clyne Common, Gower.

Wales Online

Rare bog boost in Ceredigion

Two species of rare bog mosses have been rediscovered on Cors Caron National Nature Reserve near Tregaron, Ceredigion, more than 50 years after they were last recorded.

BBC News

Powys Neolithic tomb project

Proposals have been unveiled for a Neolithic-style tomb for the Out of Eden Stone Age Farm near Llanidloes, Powys, which could provide a final resting place for people’s ashes.

BBC News

Capel Celyn wall moves

The iconic ‘Cofiwch Dryweryn wall’, which celebrates the village of Capel Celyn – flooded in 1965 for a reservoir in mid-Wales, is to be rebuilt to protect its legacy.

Wales Online

National forest aspirations outlined

First Minister Mark Drakeford has set out the government’s aspirations for a national forest running the length and breadth of Wales as he signalled a further £10 million of funding for woodland creation and restoration.

Welsh Government

West Wales A40 inquiry

A public inquiry has opened into a £45 million road scheme designed to create a bypass off the A40 in west Wales, between Llanddewi Velfrey and Penblewin roundabout.

Wales Online

Huge 5G masts proposed for Cardiff suburbs

Huge 20-metre tall 5G phone masts have been proposed by telecoms company Cornerstone for sites in three residential areas of the capital: Thornhill, St Mellons and Rhwbina.

Wales Online