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Wales round-up: Fracking moratorium, plans to revitalise Newport's economy

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 14 February-20 February, 2015

Sargeant acts to bring in fracking ‘moratorium’ in Wales 

Welsh planning minister Carl Sargeant has published the details of the new notification regime, which has now come into force, designed to curb “fracking”.

The Planner

Plans to revitalise Newport’s economy move up a level with new partnership announced

The Newport City Economic Network has been established to provide a focus for the future economic development of the city. The body is backed by the government and includes representatives from the city council, academia and business, tourism, arts and sports groups as well as the creative sector.

Newport City Council

Local authority performance data published

Data on the performance of the 22 Welsh local authorities has been published. It will allow comparisons to be made about how well they are doing in respect of services including the provision of affordable housing.

Welsh Government 

Cardiff council expected to join volunteers and charities in new plan to run historic Flat Holm Island

Cardiff City Council is set to agree to establish a new management body to run historic Flat Holm Island. It will involve the local authority, the RSPB, National Trust and volunteers from the Flat Holm Trust.

Wales Online

How a metro system can make Cardiff a 21st century capital to proud of

An independent report has been published that sets out what a future Metro public transport system for the greater Cardiff area could look like, complete with a London-style Tube map.

Wales Online

Derelict Merthyr Tydfil YMCA building set for central role in regenerating the town

Communities minister Lesley Griffiths has announced an extra £1.5 million for an ambitious regeneration scheme in Merthyr Tydfil at the site of the former Merthyr Vale Colliery. The plan envisages the creation of 230 new homes, with the potential for other developments such as small shops, a nursing home, offices and a restaurant. Separately, a total of £2.6 million Lottery funding has been earmarked to help to preserve the town’s iconic Grade II listed, four-storey YMCA building and bring it back into commercial use.

Wales Online and Welsh Government

Swansea Bay tidal lagoon sparks row over plans to quarry millions of tonnes of rock from Cornwall

Residents in Cornwall say plans to transport vast amounts of rock to the proposed £850 million Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will be 'devastating' for their villages.

Wales Onlne

Northop crematorium plans rejected by Flintshire councillors

Plans for a crematorium at a site near Mold in north-east Wales have been rejected by Flintshire Council.

BBC News

Denbighshire Joint Housing Land Availability Study 2014

The administration has published the 2014 joint land availability study for Denbighshire.

Welsh Government