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Wales round-up: Green groups insist Newport M4 relief road will mean ‘unprecedented ecological destruction’; Wales Bill receives second reading in Commons

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 11 June-17 June, 2016

Green groups say Newport M4 relief road will mean ‘unprecedented ecological destruction’

Ten leading environmental charities have written an open letter to the Welsh Government objecting to current plans for an M4 relief road.

The Planner

Wales Bill receives second reading in Commons

The Wales Bill received its second reading in the House of Commons this week. Welsh MPs expressed concern that the devolution of more planning responsibilities for energy schemes to the Welsh administration would not involve all overhead power line projects and would not include larger tidal lagoon schemes.

UK Parliament 

Cardiff Bay’s former HSBC bank development proposed

Cardiff Bay's former HSBC bank could be turned into flats, a restaurant and a penthouse under latest proposals submitted to Cardiff City Council.

Wales Online

National Grid agrees power cables under Menai Strait route

National Grid has confirmed proposals to route power cables under the Menai Straits as it refines its plans for a connection to the yet-to-be-approved Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey.

BBC News

Developer ‘should rebuild’ partly demolished Rhydcymerau pub

Villagers have said a property developer from Nottingham should be forced to rebuild a Carmarthenshire pub that has been partly demolished.

BBC News

Swansea’s controversial Wind Street could be pedestrianised

Swansea’s Wind Street could be pedestrianised under plans being considered by councillors in the city following a proposal from the Swansea BID (Business Improvement District).

Wales Online

Further 290 garden city homes in Cardiff given green light

A £2 billion garden city on the outskirts of Cardiff has moved a step closer after plans for a further phase of 290 homes received outline planning permission. The development, known as Plasdwr, involves a 365 hectare site bordering Fairwater, St Fagans, Danescourt and Radyr.

BBC News