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04/03/2016

Wales round-up: New planning regime begins for nationally significant infrastructure; £12m Betws y Coed hydro power plans refused

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning nnews in Wales: 27 February-4 March, 2016

New planning regime begins for nationally significant infrastructure

New flagship legislation came into force this week designed to ensure that key infrastructure projects are determined at the national level and made directly to Welsh ministers rather than the local planning authority.

The Planner

37-acre site in Merthyr Tydfil with space for 230 houses put on the market

Knight Frank has been appointed to find a developer for the 20 hectare site of the old Merthyr Vale Colliery, where 230 new homes, and shops, a nursing home, offices and a restaurant are on the cards.

Wales Online

£12m Betws y Coed hydro power plans refused

Controversial plans to build a £12 million hydro electric scheme at a beauty spot in Conwy Valley have been turned down by the Snowdonia National Park Authority.

BBC News

Warning of homes and lives in greater flood danger

Lives and homes are in danger because the flood risk in Wales is being underestimated, according to a rivers expert.

BBC News

Wales’s biggest solar farm planned for Llanbadrig, Anglesey

Proposals for what would be the largest solar power farm in Wales have been submitted by Countryside Renewables for an 89 hectare site on agricultural land at Llanbadrig, Anglesey.

BBC News

Walking and cycling boost in active travel action plan

Schools, the health service and planning laws will be used to boost walking and cycling in an action plan.

BBC News

Icon 21 scheme wins backing of city centre leaders

Proposals for a £50 million scheme involving a new student village, shops and restaurants in Swansea city centre have been hailed as a major boost for the city.

City and County of Swansea

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