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Wales round-up: Environment minister spells out her priorities to the Senedd; Swansea copperworks distillery project

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 14 April-20 April, 2018

Environment minister spells out her priorities to the Senedd

Welsh environment minister Hannah Blythyn this week spelt out to Assembly Members her priorities, which included increased tree planting and reversing the decline in biodiversity.

The Planner

Built environment build capacity ‘crucial’ to Commonwealth success

The RTPI is among a number of national and Commonwealth organisations to pledge to help build capacity in Commonwealth countries that are struggling with the impact of rapid urbanisation.

The Planner

Government puts up money for global climate challenge

UK Government ministers have announced that more than £8 million will be invested in British technology in an attempt to help Commonwealth countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for natural disasters.

The Planner

Millennials face a lifetime of renting, claims report 

The private rented sector needs to be ‘radically reformed’ to ensure that it can accommodate families raising children and people who are retired because young people face never owning their own home, says the Resolution Foundation.

The Planner

Swansea copperworks distillery project

Latest proposals for the transformation of Swansea’s historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks site, if Penderyn Distillery is given the go-ahead to move there, have been published. They include a visitor centre with shop, tasting bar and exhibition space.

Wales Online

More student beds for capital

A 137-bed six-storey student housing block, close to the Cardiff University-owned Talybont halls of residence, is set to receive the green light after planners recommended its approval.

Wales Online

New car parks for Swansea waterside

Two new car parks are to be built at Swansea’s SA1 site, one of which needs a new bridge and access road.

Wales Online

Laugharne homes blocked

Controversial proposals to build 42 new homes at Laugharne in Carmarthenshire have been rejected after concern about the future of playing fields.

BBC News

Vale of Glamorgan link road routes

Proposals for alternative routes for a link road between the M4 and A48 have been unveiled for consultation. They would connect just south of the junction to the A48 at Sycamore Cross and would bypass the village of Pendoylan in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Wales Online

Landslip evacuation wrangle

Residents are challenging an evacuation order issued by Neath Port Talbot Council on three homes in Cyfyng Road, Ystalyfera because of the risk of landslips.

Wales Online

Carmarthen rejects retail development

Proposals for a new Co-op supermarket and two smaller retail units in a residential area of Carmarthen have been refused.

Wales Online

Maerdy homes petition

A petition has been signed by more than 50 people objecting to a proposed housing development recommended for approval by Rhondda Cynon Taf officers.

Wales Online

Plug-in capital

A new pilot scheme is being proposed to increase the number of vehicle electrical charging points in the Welsh capital.

Cardiff City Council

Brecon Beacons National Park rethinks decision-making

The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has announced changes to its decision-making processes to improve the way the organisation is managed and help cope with funding cuts.

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Ecclesiastical Exemption moves

The government is consulting on a new Ecclesiastical Exemption (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Order and guidance designed to reflect current ecclesiastical conditions and practices in Wales.

Welsh Government

Newport transporter bridge proposal

Newport City Council is waiting to hear if its bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help to develop a new visitors’ centre on a site beside the city's iconic transporter bridge has been successful.

Newport City Council

Revised Newport homes plan

Revised plans to build hundreds of new homes on a two-hectare site on the banks of the river Usk have been submitted to Newport City Council.

Insider Media

Green light for Carmarthen Guildhall conversion

The proposed conversion of Carmarthen’s historic grade 1 listed Guildhall into a restaurant as part of a £1 million private investment has been approved.

Wales Online

MPs to probe Swansea tidal lagoon limbo

MPs on two separate Commons committees are set to press ministers on why they have left investors hanging in limbo over taxpayer support for a pioneering £1.3 billion tidal lagoon in Swansea.

The Guardian

Final designs unveiled for Cardiff bus station

The latest and final designs for the new bus station in the centre of the capital with office space above and hundreds of flats available to rent have been unveiled by Cardiff-based Holder Mathias Architects.

Wales Online

Transport grants allocated

Local authorities this week learnt their allocations of £25.9 million worth of transport grants for programmes to improve safety, reduce congestion, create economic growth and promote active travel.

Welsh Government

Planning Policy Wales deadline looms

A month to go before the 18 May deadline for submissions on edition 10 of Planning Policy Wales.

Welsh Government