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Wales round-up: Changes to outdoor recreation access regulations in the pipeline; Annual planning performance report published

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 11 February-17 February, 2017

Webinar: The EIA Regulations are changing – what does this mean for you?

What do you need to know about the forthcoming revised EIA regulations and how the stages of the development planning project process are likely to be affected? The Planner is running an hour long webinar on this topic on Wednesday 8 March. To listen in, and participate by asking questions, please click here.

The Planner

Changes to outdoor recreation access regulations in the pipeline

Changes in the way public access for outdoor recreation is regulated and developed are now in prospect after Leslie Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, acknowledged that the current system is too complex and burdensome.

The Planner

Right to Build taskforce is launched

A Right to Build expert task force that aims to help 80 organisations across the UK deliver more homes over the next three years has been launched.

The Planner

Annual planning performance report published

The Welsh Government’s latest annual report on planning performance suggests that innovation, collaboration and determination mean that local planning authorities managed to improve their service delivery performance in several areas in the face of increasing financial constraints.

Welsh Government

Kingsway ‘urban park’ included in £10 million redevelopment

A tree-lined urban park is set to be created along one of Swansea’s main transport routes as part of a £10 million redevelopment plan.

City and County of Swansea

Beavers to be reintroduced to waterways

Beavers could return to Welsh waterways by the end of the year if campaigners succeed in bringing the mammals back, although farmers are wary of the prospect.

Wales Online

New cycling circuit for Pembrey

A £500,000 closed road cycling circuit could be created at Pembrey Country Park after Carmarthenshire County Council agreed to fund the project.

Insider Media Limited

Heritage centre plans for Brymbo steelworks get go-ahead

Plans to regenerate a former iron and steelworks site in Wrexham have been given the go-ahead by the council.

BBC News

Fish shop approved in Cardiff

A popular fish restaurant in Cardiff has been told that it can now legally operate after promising to freeze its waste following a long-running change-of-use wrangle.

Wales Online

Pembrokeshire County Council backs floating hotels

Plans to build four floating hotel pods at Milford Haven Marina have been approved by Pembrokeshire County Council.

The Milford Mercury

Housing firm to build 450 homes in Torfaen

Hundreds of new homes are set to be built in Torfaen by 2021 after the locally based social landlord Bron Afon signed a deal with the European Investment Bank, Principality Building Society and the Royal Bank of Scotland to fund a development programme.

South Wales Argus

St Davids Pembrokeshire's 2021 City of Culture bid

The UK's smallest city, St Davids in Pembrokeshire, is looking to become the 2021 City of Culture. Pembrokeshire council’s cabinet has voted to proceed with a bid for the designation.

BBC News

Calls for electric car charge points

Shadow economy secretary Russell George Calls has urged the Welsh Government to fund and develop a network of rapid charging points for electric cars throughout rural Wales.

BBC News

MPs call for the government to support Swansea lagoon

More than 100 MPs have signed a letter calling for the government to back the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.

Wales Online

Hopes for city deal approval by the end of February

The latest reports have suggested that the Swansea Bay City Region’s ‘Internet Coast’ City Deal bid will be approved by the end of February, with Swansea Bay political leaders visiting Whitehall soon to meet with UK Government ministers.

City and County of Swansea

More homes planned for urban village on former steelworks site

Proposals for an extra 31 new homes have been included in a revised master plan for an urban village earmarked for the site of a former steelworks at Newport. The developer is now planning 529 dwellings.

Wales Online