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Wales round-up: Latest tree strategy calls for greater cover; Swansea tidal project torpedoed over costs

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 23 June-29 June, 2018

Latest tree strategy calls for greater cover

Woodland cover across Wales should increase by at least 2,000 hectares each year from 2020 to 2030 according to the country’s latest updated tree strategy published this week by environment minister Hannah Blythyn.

The Planner

Swansea tidal project torpedoed over costs

The UK Government's refusal to back the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has caused outrage in Wales, where Monday’s (25 June) decision was panned by business leaders and Welsh politicians.

The Planner

Rail testing complex mooted

A former coal mine on the border between Powys and Neath Port Talbot is being lined up for the site of a £100 million world-leading rail testing complex under a Welsh administration initiative.

Welsh Government

Milford Haven marina approval

Revised outline proposals for a multi-million-pound marina redevelopment at Milford Haven have been approved by Pembrokeshire County Council which should see the provision of new hotels, shops and restaurants as well as up to 190 flats

Milford Haven Port Authority

Pendine Sands project

Plans to transform Pendine Sands with a new museum of speed and high-quality hostel have taken a step forward now Carmarthenshire Council has submitted a planning application for the development.

Wales Online

Swansea park and ride move

Swansea's Fabian Way park and ride site is set to be expanded with an extra 280 parking spaces under the latest transport improvement plans for the city.

Swansea City Council

Bridgend homes green-lit

A 194-home development in Bridgend has been given the go-ahead by the local planning authority.

Insider Media

‘Over-reliance’ on cars in Wales threatens carbon target

People rely too much on cars and as a result put the country at risk of failing to hit carbon emission targets, a report by the Institute of Welsh Affairs has warned.

BBC News

DIY superfast broadband

Residents of Michaelston y Fedw, a village on the boundary between Cardiff and Newport, were so frustrated at their terrible internet speed that they banded together to lay cables themselves to ensure a high-speed broadband service.

Wales Online