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Wales round-up: Moves to boost active travel in Wales; Train testing centre agreement

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 11 May-17 May, 2019

Moves to boost active travel in Wales

The Welsh Government has made moves to boost active travel after a minister admitted to AMs that, despite pioneering legislation passed in 2013, ‘we have not seen anything like the increase in walking and cycling levels that we want and need’.

The Planner

Train testing centre agreement

Both Neath Port Talbot Council and Powys County Council have told The Planner that they have agreed to form a joint venture to develop a £100 million train testing centre, almost certainly at the Nant Helen opencast coal mine site, under an initiative led by the Welsh Government.

BBC News

Cardiff solar farm

Proposals for an 8.7-megawatt solar power farm on the western half of a former landfill site owned by the city council at Rumney, near Cardiff, were set to be approved this week now that wildlife concerns raised by Natural Resources Wales have been resolved.

Insider Media

Swansea Bay city deal tensions

Outgoing Carmarthenshire County Council chief executive Mark James has publicly highlighted the tensions among the partners involved in the £1.3 billion city deal for the Swansea Bay City Region which had been blighting the initiative.

Wales Online

Cardiff Bay carpark concerns

Plans for two huge car parks in Cardiff Bay have sparked fears of traffic chaos and pollution in the area.

Wales Online

Swansea seafront development consultation starts

The city council is consulting the public on sustainable development ideas for six sites the local autthority owns along a six-mile stretch of Swansea’s seafront between the beach and Oystermouth Road after stressing that no high-rise proposals will be entertained.

Swansea City Council

Burry Port project

Carmarthenshire County Council has applied for planning permission to carry out repair work on the grade II listed dock walls at Burry Port, where a new lifeboat station, café/restaurant and marina offices are also proposed.

BBC News

Capital council house plans

Cardiff City Council has outlined its delivery plan for 2,000 new council homes over the coming years.

Cardiff City Council

Powys SPGs

Supplementary planning guidance on landscape issues and, separately, renewable energy, have been formally approved by Powys County Council’s cabinet as part of the authority’s recently adopted local development plan.

Powys County Council

Senedd music probe launched

The National Assembly’s Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee has launched an inquiry into the challenges and opportunities facing the live music industry.

National Assembly for Wales

Ministerial statement about Barry biomass plant issued

Ministers have issued a statement about Biomass UK No.2 Ltd’s proposed biomass-fuelled facility at Barry, which highlights a potential breach of the regulation on environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and said the position would be helped if an environmental statement was drawn up to give everyone a chance to comment.

Welsh Government

£32m boost for local transport initiatives

Government funding totalling £32.9 million has been allocated to local transport and local transport network initiatives across Wales following bids by local authorities.

Welsh Government