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Wales round-up: New regulations on planning committees on the horizon; 90-flat scheme set for approval

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 1 April-7 April, 2017

New regulations on planning committees on the horizon

The Welsh Government's chief planner Neil Hemington has written to all chief planning officers about new rules on the size and composition of local planning authority committees.

The Planner

Planning committees suited to dealing with licensing applications

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 has ruled that it was a "mistake" to set up licensing committees when the planning system is well suited to dealing with licensing applications and appeals.

The Planner

90-flat scheme set for approval

Plans to build more than 90 flats on a site in Newport city centre are set to get the green light following changes made to address the parking issues behind the original refusal.

Insider Media

Plans to build seven-storey apartment block next door to major music venue

Plans to build a new block of flats next to an iconic city centre club in Cardiff have sparked objections from more than 100 people.

Wales Online

Bid for new Anglesey nuclear site licence launched

A bid to build a new nuclear power plant at Wylfa on Anglesey in north Wales has taken a major step forward with an official application for a site licence.

BBC News

American-style RV park in Carmarthenshire will not go ahead after appeal

Residents in the Carmarthenshire village of Idole are celebrating after controversial plans to develop an American-style motor home site on land adjoining the A484 were rejected on appeal.

Wales Online

Report: Renewable energy projects stymied by lack of access to finance

Lack of access to funding is one of the biggest barriers preventing renewable energy from reaching its potential in Wales, according to a report published by the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

Wales Online

New “robust, fair and transparent” regime of marine licensing fees

Revised marine licensing fees have come into operation which the government claims are “robust, fair and transparent”. The new regime is administered by Natural Resources Wales.

Welsh Government

Gipsy camp near Offa’s Dyke gets go-ahead

Proposals for a Gipsy and traveller campsite at Ponciau near historic Offa’s Dyke have been allowed on appeal. Wrexham Borough Council had originally blocked the scheme.

The Leader

£2m boost for Brymbo steelworks park project

Plans to regenerate a former iron and steelworks site in Wrexham have been given a £2 million boost.

BBC News

Wales needs new big industrial units, says consultancy

Wales urgently needs a supply of new large grade A industrial units, according to consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton.

Wales Online

Psychic reader wants to use garage for business

Psychic reader Angela Chriswick’s bid for change of use permission so she can use her Swansea garage for business has been backed by planners despite neighbour’s concerns.

Wales Online

Womanby Street live music venue campaign backed by MPs

Live music is under threat unless planning laws are changed to protect venues from complaints about noise, two Cardiff MPs have said.

BBC News

Aldi opens new Welsh store

Aldi has opened a new £59.5 million distribution centre on the outskirts of Cardiff in an investment that has created 422 new jobs.

Wales Online