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Wales round-up: Metro project progress revealed, £200m North East Wales road improvements plans to be developed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 27 June-3 July, 2015

Welsh transport minister reveals progress in ambitious Metro project

Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport in the Welsh Assembly, confirmed this week that the Welsh government is pressing ahead with its plans for a South East Wales Metro. 

The Planner

Advisers appointed to develop plans £200m north-east Wales road improvements

Technical advisers have been appointed to develop options for proposed road improvements in north-east Wales worth £200 million to improve access to Deeside Enterprise Zone and North Wales.

Welsh Government

Damning figures reveal Wales isn’t cutting pollution at all - greenhouse gas emissions rose 10.3 per cent in one year

The UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change has warned that Wales is likely to miss its target of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Wales Online

Student accommodation announced for Welsh capital

Developers announce plans for 35-storey building to provide student accommodation in Cardiff city centre

Wales Online

St Julian’s Park designated as nature reserve

A proposal to designate St Julian’s Park as a local nature reserve has been approved by Newport City Council and will now go to Natural Resources Wales for consultation.

Newport City Council

Plans to build 400 homes at current BBC Wales site in Llandaff are approved

Approval has been given by Cardiff City Council to developers Taylor Wimpey for a scheme to build 400 homes on the site of the current BBC headquarters in Llandaff.

Wales Online

Joint housing land availability studies published

Three more joint housing land availability studies have been published: for Bridgend County Borough Council, Gwynedd Council (excluding Snowdonia National Park and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. They show the local authorities have 5.5, 3.7 and 2.4 year’s worth of sites, respectively.

Welsh Government and Housing Land Supply 

Download speed ‘anger’ on Deeside Industrial Estate

Small firms on Deeside Industrial Estate, one of Europe's biggest industrial parks, say poor broadband speeds are damaging them and some could be forced to move out.

BBC News 

Plans to farm laverbread at Swansea Bay tidal lagoon could see Wales taking on the global Sushi market

Cockle and laverbread producer Selwyn’s Penclawdd Seafoods is in talks to build a seaweed farm within the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon’s sea walls.

Wales Online