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Wales round-up: New historic environment legislation passed; Government launches tidal lagoons review

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 6 February-12 February, 2016

New historic environment legislation passed in Wales

The first Wales-only legislation to improve the protection and management of the country’s historic environment has been passed by the National Assembly for Wales.

The Planner

Government launches tidal lagoons review

The government has announced an independent review into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK.

The Planner

RTPI publishes updated Code of Conduct

The RTPI has published an updated Code of Conduct, which is already in effect.

The Planner

The first of Cardiff's 40,000 new homes have been approved

Plans for 1,600 new homes have been approved at two sites in Cardiff. The schemes form part of larger developments known as Plasdwr and Churchlands.

Wales Online

Plans for 1,000 affordable homes in Carmarthenshire

Plans to create 1,000 affordable homes in Carmarthenshire over the next five years have been unveiled by the local authority which plans to invest in four designated ‘action areas’: Ammanford and the Amman Valley; Carmarthen and the west; Carmarthenshire rural and market towns; and Llanelli and district.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Aviva ‘to fund £300m Circuit of Wales in Ebbw Vale’

Insurance giant Aviva is expected to be confirmed as the financial backer of the Circuit of Wales scheme in Ebbw Vale, BBC Wales has reported.

BBC News

Up to 2,000 jobs boost thanks to £120m infrastructure investment

Business minister Jane Hutt has confirmed that a range of pan-Wales projects will benefit from additional capital investment in line with the priorities set out in the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan. These include: £50 million for priority transport projects; £20 million to support housing and regeneration projects: £10 million for land for housing; and an injection of £10 million for the town centre loan fund scheme.

Welsh Government

Margam opencast mine restoration concerns

Concern is growing about the restoration of the former Margam opencast mine site after a planning application was delayed.

BBC News

Transport modelling to highlight need for new roads in Swansea

A detailed transport study in Swansea has highlighted the need for road improvements to help accommodate vehicles linked to thousands of homes planned for the city.

City and County of Swansea

Cardiff is named fourth greenest city in England and Wales

The Green Alliance has found that Cardiff is the fourth greenest city in England and Wales as 16 per cent of the city’s electricity consumption comes from renewable energy.

Cardiff City Council