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Wales round-up: National Parks terms, £850m tidal lagoon

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 27 September-3 October, 2014

Sargeant spells out terms of National Parks and AONB review

The Welsh government has confirmed that the independent review of the governance of the country’s designated landscapes (i.e. National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) will, after all, include the future planning regime for the parks.

The Planner

Tidal lagoon developers earmark Colwyn Bay coast

Developers behind a bid to build a £850 million tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay are hoping to create a similar scheme off the Conwy coast.

BBC News 

Solar farm plan to power 1,000 homes in Gorseinon

A community co-operative in Swansea has plans for a £4 million solar farm on land north of Gorseinon.

BBC News 

Energy deal signed for Pembrokeshire tidal project

A deal has been signed to sell the electricity generated by an underwater turbine off the Pembrokeshire coast. Cardiff-based Tidal Energy Ltd, which is behind the Delta Stream project on the Ramsey Sound sea bed, has signed a 12-month deal with UK company EDF Energy.

BBC News 

Pembrokeshire council in merger talks after Ceredigion rejects idea

Latest developments as Welsh local authorities consider mergers.

BBC News 

New act to make it easier to walk and cycle in Wales starts

The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, which will make it easier for people to walk and cycle in Wales, has formally come into force.

Welsh Government 

Environmental alliance urges changes to law on future generations which 'fails to address the biggest threats to Wales'

An alliance of environmental groups alleges that the Welsh government’s flagship legislation on sustainability fails to address the biggest threats to Wales and doesn’t focus on global challenges.

Wales Online 

Ex-environment ministers attack M4 relief road plans

Two former environment ministers have criticised Welsh government plans for an M4 relief road south of Newport.

BBC News 

Cardiff University reveals £300m campus plan to transform former industrial site

Cardiff University has unveiled proposals for a £300 million development involving four major new buildings. The project would transform a site at Maindy Road in Cathays that is already partly taken up with the recently built Hadyn Ellis Building from a largely disused former industrial space to a full-blown campus.

Wales Online