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Wales round-up: M4 relief road project makes political waves; Caernarfon cinema complex plan set for go-ahead

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news: 7 May-13 May, 2016

M4 relief road project makes political waves

The Prime Minister this week ramped up the pressure on the new administration over the fate of the £1 billion M4 relief road.

The Planner

Government efforts to tackle poverty won’t succeed if it neglects ‘place poverty’ – RTPI

The RTPI has warned that many national and local policies are failing to reduce poverty because they ignore how well-planned local environments with good services and transport can help lift people out of poverty.

The Planner

Government should do more to tackle affordable housing – councils

The Association for Public Service Excellence and the Town and Country Planning Association are calling on the government to deliver the homes needed in the UK.

The Planner

It will be ‘many decades’ before clean-up at Wylfa and Trawsfynydd is finished

The final site clearance of the Wylfa and Trawsfynydd nuclear power plants will not be achieved for “many decades”, according to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Wales Online

Caernarfon cinema complex plan set for go-ahead

A multimillion-pound extension comprising a cinema, offices and retail space looks set to be built on the site of a Caernarfon theatre.

BBC News

£23m riverfront apartment block in Cardiff work to start

Building work on a major new £23 million waterfront flats, bar and restaurant development is set to get under way this summer in Cardiff Bay.

Wales Online

Illegal caravan use clampdown launched in Denbighshire

A campaign has been launched in Denbighshire to stop caravans being used illegally as permanent homes on holiday sites in breach of planning regulations.

BBC News

Wales’s biggest cities and towns breach safe pollution limits

Five Welsh towns and cities - Cardiff, Swansea, Port Talbot, Newport and Chepstow - have been named and shamed by the World Health Organisation for breaching safety levels for air pollution.

Wales Online

Nearly 80 new homes set to replace Wrexham site branded blot on the landscape

Plans for nearly 80 homes on a former factory site branded a “blot on the landscape” is set to go ahead.

News North Wales

Aerial shots for Aberystwyth to Carmarthen rail link bid

A group campaigning for a train line linking Aberystwyth and Carmarthen has flown its proposed route to take aerial shots.

BBC News

North Wales Right to Buy hopefuls to be stopped from buying council housing over homes shortage

Tenants of council houses across North Wales may soon be stopped from buying their home.

Daily Post