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Wales round-up: Ministers mull report on changes to PDR for non-domestic solar; Trio of high-rise blocks approved in centre of Cardiff

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 24 September - 20 September, 2016

Welsh ministers mull report on changes to PDR for non-domestic solar

The Welsh Government has published a report that examines existing permitted development rights for non-domestic solar photovoltaic and solar thermal panels and whether they remain fit for purpose.

The Planner

UN Habitat III - A round-up

Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from October 17-20. Here's a selection of stories about the event and its themes.

The Planner

Trio of high-rise blocks approved in centre of Cardiff

A trio of high-rise blocks in the centre of Cardiff near Callaghan Square has been approved despite opposition to the development from thousands – including the Super Furry Animals.

Wales Online

60 council homes to be built in Carmarthenshire

More than 60 new council homes are to be built in Carmarthenshire as part of a £8.5m investment by the local authority.

Wales Online

Rhyl waterfront £4.5m investment a 'big step forward'

Funding to transform part of Rhyl's waterfront which involves the demolition of the much-loved Sun Centre has been secured.

BBC News

£2.5m plan to restore 19th century Blackpool Mill

A Grade II listed 19th Century flour mill in Pembrokeshire could be turned into a Victorian-theme attraction under plans now out for consultation.

BBC News

Progress on the creation of Historic Wales

Controversial plans to bring the commercial functions of Cadw and the Amgueddfa Cymru (the National Museum of Wales) together have moved a step closer.

Welsh Government

Swansea council offers up riverside site in city for development

A council-owned site at Pipehouse Wharf on the banks of the River Tawe in Swansea is being offered up for development.

Wales Online

Village near Cardiff submits plans for major new artificial sports pitches

A village of a few hundred people on the outskirts of Cardiff could be in line for a major new floodlit multi-use sports pitch some 2,000 square metres in size.

Wales Online

MPs back campaign for £1bn rail improvements in North Wales and Cheshire

Ian Lucas, MP for Wrexham and chair of the North Wales and Mersey Dee All Party Parliamentary Group, wrote to Cllr Samantha Dixon, chair of the North Wales and Mersey Dee Rail Task Force, backing the Growth Track 360 campaign.

Rail Technology Magazine

Appeal lodged over housing plan refused due to flooding fears

An appeal has been lodged over plans for almost 60 homes which were refused because of serious flooding concerns.

News North Wales

Underground Snowdonia quarry power cable plan approved

Proposals to connect a hydro-electric power plant in Snowdonia to the National Grid will involve burying the power lines underground, it has been decided.

BBC News

North Wales marine energy project secures £12m of EU funds

A project to expand Wales' marine energy sector has received almost £12 million in EU funding.

BBC News

Torfaen publishes housing land availability study 

The latest joint housing land availability study for Torfaen County Borough Council shows the planning authority has 3.6 year’s worth of sites.

Welsh Government