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Wales round-up: Nationally important projects consultation, UK Government to devolve planning powers over energy schemes

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 23 May - 29 May, 2015

Consultation starts on new code for nationally important projects 

The Welsh Government has started consulting on how its proposed regime for so-called Developments of National Significance (DNS) will work.

The Planner

Changes to onshore wind worry investors

Renewable energy industry professionals have expressed concerns over onshore wind measures announced in the Queen’s Speech. 

The Planner

RTPI seeks partner for housing project

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is seeking a partner to undertake research on the spatial implications of housing development in a number of the UK’s fastest-growing city-regions. 

The Planner

World Town Planning Day conference abstracts called for 

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is calling for abstracts for the World Town Planning Day Online Conference 2015.

The Planner

Government will deliver a ‘strong and lasting constitutional settlement’ for Wales

This week’s Queen’s Speech announced a bill to give Welsh ministers planning powers over energy schemes up to 350 megawatts in capacity.

Wales Online

Millennium Stadium gateway to be transformed as plans for luxury hotel, offices and flats are revealed

Plans for a 100-bed hotel, up to 70 flats and conference facilities linked to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium have been resurrected by the Welsh Rugby Union.

Wales Online

Barn-to-homes row hits Brecon Beacons developers

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has come under fire for yet-to-be approved proposals to triple the planning charge for dealing with barn conversions

BBC News 

Assembly should have role in appointing new chair of Natural Resources Wales, says National Assembly committee

The Senedd should have a role in appointing the new chair of Natural Resources Wales, says the National Assembly committee.

National Assembly for Wales

St Catherine’s Island fort off Tenby to open to visitors

A Victorian fort on an island off the Pembrokeshire coast is to re-open as a tourist attraction after being closed for decades.

BBC News