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Wales round-up: Consultation starts on new raft of secondary legislation; opencast mine plan rejected

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 1 August-7 August, 2015

Consultation starts on new raft of secondary legislation

Consultation on further secondary legislation for development management has begun. The measures involve statutory consultees, design and access statements (DAS) and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

The Planner

RTPI holds consultation on code of conduct

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is holding a consultation on the RTPI Code of Conduct and Complaints Procedures.

The Planner

Campaigners joyous after opencast mine plan is rejected

Mining company Miller Argent’s proposals for a new 478-hectare opencast mine in the Rhymney Valley have been rejected by Caerphilly County Borough.

Wales Online 

Cowbridge livestock market revamp plans revealed

Plans to regenerate a 200-year-old livestock market at Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan have been revealed.

BBC News 

World's longest man-made wave set to open in Wales

The world's longest man-made surf wave has been unveiled in North Wales at an inland facility in the Conwy Valley which has just opened.

BBC News 

Could the derelict and historic Coal Exchange building in Cardiff Bay get a new lease of life?

Cardiff Council is in discussions with six interested parties looking at redevelopment plans for the Coal Exchange Wales Online

Wales Online

Rare Celtic rainforest subject of campaign to protect it because it's so rich in wildlife

The Woodland Trust plans to raise £1.5 million to protect 550 acres of the Meirionnydd Oakwoods, which are regarded as primeval Celtic rainforest.

Wales Online 

Almost 4,000 farming jobs go in space of 10 years

Nearly 4,000 full-time farming jobs have been lost in Wales over the past decade, reflecting a worrying downward trend in agriculture, according to a new survey.

Wales Online

Development Management Quarterly Survey (April to June 2015)

The latest development management survey, which covers the first quarter of 2015/16, showed that the top-performing planning authority was Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, which determined some 98 per cent of applications in fewer than eight weeks. Ceredigion County Council held the bottom slot, determining just 49 per cent over the same period.

Welsh Government 

Housing land availability studies published

Four more joint housing land availability studies have been published for Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Conwy, showing that they have 6.3, 2.01, 1.8 and 4.8 years supply, respectively.

Conwy - Welsh Government

Pembrokeshire Coast - Welsh Government

Blaenau Gwent - Welsh Government

Newport - Welsh Government

Bidders battle in Swansea city revamp plan

Five competing developers have submitted draft proposals for regenerating Swansea city centre.

BBC news