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24/04/2020

Wales round-up: New regulations for local authority meetings should help planning; Planning Inspectorate tailors its casework

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18 April-24 april, 2020

New regulations for Welsh local authority meetings should help planning

Regulations came into force in Wales this week that should make it easier for the planning system to carry on functioning.

The Planner

Consultancy launches Covid-19 tracker

Planning consultancy Lichfields has created an online resource to assist planning professionals with navigating the planning environment during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Planner

RTPI works on international strategy

An RTPI working group has met for the first time to begin work on the institute’s international strategy.

The Planner

Covid-19: Planning Inspectorate tailors its casework 

Planning Inspectorate Wales has published an update on how it is handling casework from each individual planning authority. In some instances it is not starting new appeals. Its appeals casework portal remains operational and is the preferred route for submission of new appeals and representations.

Planning Inspectorate Wales

Latest NRW advice on compliance

Natural Resources Wales has announced that providing businesses prioritise compliance with permit conditions that directly protect the environment it will take a “proportionate and reasonable” approach over how it assesses compliance during the Covid-19 emergency.

Natural Resources Wales

Swansea hotel backed

City planners have approved proposals to transform a grade II-listed former Georgian townhouse in Swansea’s Maritime Square, part of a conservation area, into a hotel.

Insider Media

Wellness Village furore claims another scalp

Former vice-chancellor of Swansea University Richard B Davies has had his appeal against dismissal for gross misconduct rejected. His suspension and dismissal are linked to issues surrounding the proposed £200 million Life Science and Wellness Village project at Llanelli, a key element off the £1.3 billion growth deal for the Swansea Bay City Region.

Wales Online

Llanelli register office redevelopment

Llanelli’s former register office could be transformed into accommodation for people with learning difficulties under a scheme put forward by Carmarthenshire County Council. 

Wales Online

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