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Wales round-up: Horizon sticks to its Anglesey nuclear plans; Oak tree initiative announced

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18 January-24 January, 2020

Horizon sticks to its Anglesey nuclear plans

Horizon Nuclear Power has poured cold water on media speculation that its Wylfa Newydd site is in the running to host a Rolls-Royce mini nuclear plant – a so-called small modular reactor.

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Nominate your Women of Influence for 2020

Who are the women working in and around planning who you think are having a positive impact - on individual planners, on planning policy and on the broader planning process? We want to know for our Women of Influence list 2020.

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Sue Manns: Planning profession must be more diverse

Work to ensure the planning profession becomes 'truly' reflective of society must continue, the new president of the RTPI, Sue Manns, has said in her inaugural speech.

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RTPI’s new corporate strategy prioritises the climate

The RTPI has launched its new 10-year corporate strategy, putting climate action at the heart of its activities.

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RTPI: Government urged to take ‘climate justice’ approach to protect deprived communities

Disadvantaged communities in the UK are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis and the government must respond through a ‘climate justice’ lens to address this.

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2019 saw increase in Build to Rent homes

The number of Build to Rent homes delivered across UK regions, excluding London, increased by 51 per cent in 2019.

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Oak tree initiative announced

Natural Resources Wales is looking to plant tens of thousands of new oak trees across South East and South-Central Wales, creating new woodland habitats and restoring broadleaf areas for wildlife and for people.

Natural Resources Wales

Prison policy update

UK ministers remain committed to building a new prison in Wales, according to the justice secretary Robert Buckland, even though proposals for a new ‘super-prison’ in Port Talbot had to be withdrawn after strong local objections.

BBC News

Cardiff BTR project backed

Ropemaker Properties' proposals for a major residential-led development in central Cardiff, which involve a U-shaped block rising from five to 16 storeys and providing 150 build-to-rent flats on a site at the junction of Charles Street and Wesley Lane, have been backed by officials.

Insider Media

Woodland warning issued

Plans to plant more than 20 million trees could be damaging for Welsh farmers, a union has warned after claiming that grazing land could be lost to woodland.

BBC News

£10m announced for tourism infrastructure

The government has announced a new £10 million fund for tourism infrastructure, doing so at the launch of its latest five-year strategy to grow the country’s visitor economy.

Welsh Government

North Wales slate mines nominated for World Heritage status

The slate mining landscape of Gwynedd has been formally nominated to become the 33rd UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK – and just the fourth in Wales.

UK Government