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Wales round-up: Chief planner stresses environmental health support for planning; Heritage Lottery £6m grant for three Welsh landscapes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 31 October-6 November, 2015

Welsh chief planner stresses environmental health support for planning

Neil Hemington, the Welsh government’s chief planner has stressed the role of the environmental public health service in supporting the planning process.

The Planner 

The Planner to host neighbourhood planning webinar on 17th November

Are communities now able to influence local development as the Localism Act envisioned - or are barriers to successful neighbourhood planning proving insurmountable? 

The Planner

Heritage Lottery £6m grant for three Welsh landscapes

The Clwydian Mountain Range and Dee Valley, the Elan Valley and Gwent Levels will all receive a share of £8 million Heritage Lottery Fund investment to help protect their landscapes.

BBC News

Turbines will leave mountains of Snowdonia ‘fenced in’, says National Park

Denbighshire County Council planners are backing the 16-turbine Brenig wind farm, near Llyn Brenig, in North Wales, despite objections from the Snowdonia National Park Authority.

Wales Online 

Conwy Falls hydro power plan prompts bid to abstract water

Controversial plans by RWE Innogy to use river water from a beauty spot in Conwy Valley for a £12 million hydro power project have gone out to public consultation.

BBC News 

McDonald’s 8m-high sign refused for new Llanfoist restaurant

McDonald’s has been granted permission for an outlet near Abergavenny, but stopped from having an eight metre-high sign at its new restaurant because it would impact on views of the Brecon Beacons.

BBC News 

Liberal Democrats pledge to bring life back to Wales’s high streets 

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced a suite of of policies designed to rejuvenate Wales’s moribund high streets, including lower rates on empty properties and community right to bid.

Wales Online

Plans for third lane on Britannia Bridge shelved

Plans for a third lane on the Britannia Bridge to resolve congestion over the Menai Strait have been shelved, but a Welsh government spokesman has confirmed it is developing a business case for a third crossing.

BBC News 

Petition backs housing plans for Newport, Pembrokeshire

Almost 1,000 people have signed a petition calling on Pembrokeshire Coast National Park planners to change their minds and approve a new housing development which would have provided affordable housing.

BBC News 

150 protest to support access to Barmouth Bridge

Cyclists and pedestrians in Gwynedd are stepping up their campaign to retain foot and cycle paths on a coastal bridge at Barmouth whose threatened closure could result in a 16-mile detour.

BBC News 

People illegally living in caravans cost council £300k

People illegally living in caravans on sites that have not got planning permission for permanent dwellings are costing Denbighshire County Council almost £300,000 a year, says a report.

BBC News