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Wales round-up: New TAN covering soundscape, noise and air quality takes shape; Kimmel Hall enforcement action taken

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 8 February-14 February, 2020

New TAN covering soundscape, noise and air quality takes shape

The Welsh Government has made an informal call for evidence to support a new Technical Advice Note (TAN) that, for the first time, will cover not only air quality but soundscape and noise too.

The Planner

Kimmel Hall enforcement action taken

Conwy Council has taken enforcement action to prevent unauthorised work taking place at grade 1 listed Kinmel Hall, known as the ‘Welsh Versailles’.

Wales Online

Eco-friendly Snowdon trains

Heritage Great Britain has invested more than £1 million in hybrid diesel eco-friendly trains for the Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Insider Media

Co-op too modern for Conwy?

Campaigners are calling for proposals for a new Co-op supermarket near Conwy Castle to be rejected because the “contemporary design” is not in keeping with the historic walled town.

BBC News

Wrexham markets makeover

A £2 million scheme to revitalise both Wrexham’s butchers market and general market has been backed by councillors.

BBC News

Swansea site wrangle

A Swansea couple are embroiled in a planning dispute with the city council over the use of their 4-hectare plot, which the council says, is an established oil depot.

Wales Online

Swansea creative hub unveiled

Proposals for a glass-fronted, six-storey creative and tech hub in the centre of Swansea have been revealed.

Wales Online

M4 transport and traffic survey

The South East Wales Transport Commission has launched an online survey to elicit ideas and suggestions to tackle congestion on the M4 and improving transport across the region.

Welsh Government

Milford Haven free port move

The Secretary of State for Wales has visited Milford Haven to discuss its candidacy as a free port.

Wales Online

Developers’ estate charges consultation

The government has begun consulting on developers’ charges on private estates.

Welsh Government

Plea to map lost historic footpaths

The Ramblers organisation is urging the public to join the search to find and map thousands of miles of lost historic paths across Wales, with the launch of a new 'Don’t Lose Your Way' online mapping site this week.

Wales Online