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07/04/2016

Wales round-up: Major Bangor housing scheme torpedoed by Welsh language concerns; Plaid Cymru publishes election manifesto

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 2 April-8 April, 2016

Major Bangor housing scheme torpedoed by Welsh language concerns

Members of the Gwynedd County Council planning committee have stuck to their guns and refused a 366-home scheme in Bangor. They say it breached national and local policy on Welsh language issues.

The Planner

Plaid Cymru publishes election manifesto

Plaid Cymru has published its election manifesto in the run-up to May’s Assembly election, pledging to create a National Housing Company and a National Infrastructure Commission Wales.

The Planner

RTPI seeking two volunteers

The RTPI is seeking two volunteers to represent it at the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU).

RTPI

Circuit of Wales hopeful over new deal for £357m plan

The team behind the £360 million Circuit of Wales project has insisted that it hopes to have a new deal agreed to allow the proposals to go ahead within six to eight weeks. Earlier this week the Welsh government said it was not prepared to underwrite the project because of risks associated with the ambitious scheme, which is earmarked for a huge site in Ebbw Vale.

BBC News

Multibillion-pound Welsh fund to invest in infrastructure edges closer to reality

Welsh authorities have been challenged to come up with detailed proposals for a ‘wealth fund’ that will involve the pooling of pension fund investments. The resulting fund would be used for investment in infrastructure and housing.

Wales Online

Minister submits case for electrification of the North Wales main line

Transport minister Edwina Hart has set out the case for electrification of the North Wales coast main line by 2024; it is seen as vital to realising the economic potential of the region.

Welsh Government

Roger Maggs appointed chair of Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone

Economy minister Edwina Hart has announced the appointment of industrialist Roger Maggs as chair of the Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone board.

Welsh Government

Report highlights planning service improvements

Swansea City Council’s planning service has made significant improvements over the past two years, says a report due to be considered by the local authority’s scrutiny committee.

Swansea Council

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