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Wales round-up: Council mergers don't meet criteria, measures to protect social housing stock

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 24 January - 30 January, 2015

Minister cold-shoulders first three proposed voluntary mergers 

Minister for public services Leighton Andrews has announced that none of the three proposed voluntary council mergers met the Welsh government’s criteria and won’t be sanctioned by the administration.

The Planner 

Government's nuclear reactor decision could pave way for new plant at Wylfa

Regulatory decision on reactor technology paves the way for further decisions that could see go-ahead given for a Wylfa nuclear power station in 2018.

Wales Online 

Beaumaris to benefit from £1.2m coastal flood defence scheme

Some 100 homes and 45 businesses in Beaumaris are set to benefit from a £1.2 million coastal flood defence scheme, minister for natural resources and planning Carl Sargeant has announced.

Welsh government 

Minister takes action to protect Wales’ social housing stock

New measures to protect Wales’ social housing stock have been put forward by the Welsh government in a white paper.

Welsh Local Government Association  

Decision on called-in 17-dwelling application in Denbigh

Planning minister Carl Sargeant has refused outline permission for a 17-dwelling scheme at a former wool depot in Denbigh because of flooding issues. His decision was in line with the recommendation of the planning inspector who considered the written representations

Welsh government 

Cardiff City Council is considering setting up a Heritage Trust to protect and manage Cardiff Castle, the Cardiff Story Museum (Old Library), the Mansion House and the Norwegian Church.

Cardiff City Council  

Council adopts Newport Local Development Plan

Newport City Council has formally adopted its Local Development Plan (LDP); the strategy will shape the future growth and progress of the city until 2026.

Newport City Council