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Wales round up: Much amended NPF heads to the Senedd; Minister launches Placemaking Charter for Wales; Gower common land swap bid

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 19 September-25 September, 2020

Minister launches 'placemaking charter' for Wales at Welsh Planner Live

New principles for placemaking in Wales will drive the creation of better-designed, more ‘integrated’ developments, according to the Welsh Government minister for housing and local government. 

The Planner

Much amended NPF heads to the Senedd

The draft National Development Framework, designed as the country’s first-ever spatial strategy, has been laid before the Welsh Assembly Senedd for a 60-day consideration period. During that time it will be debated by AMs but not approved. 

The Planner

Welsh Planner Live: Ecosystem restoration the answer to biodiversity loss

Planning policy needs to shift away from a ‘linear’ approach to measuring net gain and towards a broader concept of ‘ecosystem restoration’ if the profession is to help arrest biodiversity loss and support its role in adapting to climate change.

The Planner

Welsh Planner Live: Low-carbon placemaking the key to tackling climate change

Development that puts people first and which is shaped by the need to reduce emissions is the key to addressing climate change in the built environment, the Welsh Planner Live conference heard this morning (24 September).

The Planner

Gower common land swap bid

Developer Edenstone Group, along with Swansea Council's highways department, has applied to the Welsh government to deregister common land at Clyne Common and replace it with a larger plot of land comprising two fields at nearby Bishopston to help deliver 58 affordable homes on the edge of the Gower. 

Wales Online

Capital student bedrooms switched to flats

The temporary change of use to serviced flats for up to 401 rooms at a 25-storey student accommodation tower on Herbert Street in  Cardiff  has been approved by the city council.

Insider Media

Cardiff cancer centre fells trees

Councillors have agreed that 122 trees can be removed  to improve access arrangements for the proposed  new Velindre Cancer Centre hospital in the Whitchurch area of the capital.

Wales Online

Bus funding boost

Ministers have announced  an additional £84.6 million funding for the bus industry which will help companies meet the challenges of Covoid-19 and run more services.

Welsh Government

Dee catchment restoration

Natural Resources Wales has launched a cross-border £6.8 million river catchment restoration project designed to transform the River Dee by improving declining fish populations and rare wildlife in the area.

Natural Resources Wales

Swansea arena café lights-up

The proposed pavilion-style cafeteria next to  Swansea’s  3,500 capacity indoor arena will have a ‘curved skin’ of more than 70,000 programmable LED light bulbs, according  to planning documents submitted to the planning authority by the council’s contractor.

Wales Online

Bala rail project

The Bala Lake Railway Trust has launched a campaign for government funding  to extend the existing 4.5 mile long track by abut half-a-mile to a new station in Bala itself.

BBC News

Locals decry vicarage loss for new flats

Locals are up in arms over proposals for 33 flats and 3 townhouses in Cathedral Road, Cardiff, part of a conservation area, which would involve the demolition of a former vicarage.

BBC News

Saltmarshes top for carbon sequestration

A new study commissioned by Natural Resources Wales has revealed the important role seas and coasts play, particularly saltmarshes, in offsetting carbon emissions by sequestering large amounts of carbon.

Natural Resources Wales

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