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Wales round-up: Griffiths publishes updated Planning Policy Wales for consultation; Vacant land tax proposed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 10 February-16 February, 2018

Griffiths publishes updated Planning Policy Wales for consultation

The latest version of Planning Policy Wales (PPW) has just been published and is now out for discussion for three months.

The Planner

Vacant land tax proposed

The Welsh Government has announced that it will proceed with plans to impose a tax on landowners who fail to develop sites that are ripe for development.

The Planner

850-home Felindre village mooted

The hearing into Swansea’s draft local development plan has been told that an outline planning application for a new village of 850 homes at Felindre, partly on the site of the former tinplate works, could be submitted later this year.

Wale Online

Shake-up of enterprise zones

Four of the eight boards that advise the government on Wales's enterprise zones are to be wound up this summer, economy secretary Ken Skates told AMs this week.

BBC News

AMs to vote on M4 relief road scheme?

AMs will get a vote this year on plans for an M4 relief road south of Newport once the public inquiry considering the project has finished, according to BBC Wales.

BBC News

Lottery cash for schemes in Aberdare, Cardiff, Llandeilos, Newton and Wrexham

A steelworks heritage site in Wrexham and community projects in Cardiff, Aberdare, Newtown and Llandeilos have been awarded a total of £5.4 million in lottery cash.

BBC News

Newport bakery site redevelopment

The former Avana Bakeries complex at Rogerstone, Newport, has been bought by a developer who plans to redevelop the 3.6-hectare site into a business park providing 18,580 square metres of manufacturing, distribution and office floorspace.

Wales Online

Green agency’s consenting scheme queried

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, has written to Natural Resources Wales to request that the regulator demonstrates how the Well-being of Future Generations Act is being applied during its environmental permitting process, citing concern over a number of developments, particularly the Barry Biomass scheme and the Hazrem waste treatment facility in Cwmfelinfa.

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Mooring fees rise threatens Aberaeron prosperity

Boats mooring at the seaside town of Aberaeron – known as the ‘jewel of Cardigan Bay’ – may soon have to pay 25 per cent more, raising fears that this will empty the harbour and affect the town’s prosperity.

BBC News

Tata blast furnace move

Tata Steel is set to invest £75 million to repair a blast furnace at Port Talbot steelworks, industry sources have claimed.

BBC News

Carmarthen ponders pop-up shops

The county council is considering a scheme to allow new businesses temporary use of empty shops in Carmarthen.

Wales Online

Turley appointment

Planning consultancy Turley has appointed Owen Francis as its new associate director in the Cardiff office.

Insider Media

Site for Cardiff’s new indoor arena endorsed

Cardiff City Council's cabinet has endorsed the proposed preferred location of Atlantic Wharf for a new 15,000-seat indoor arena.

Cardiff City Council