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Wales round-up: Outline of Cardiff Capital Region city deal sent to the UK government; Residents to have say on Swansea flood plan

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 7 November-13 November, 2015

Outline of Cardiff Capital Region city deal sent to the UK government 

The leaders of the 10 local authorities in South East Wales who make up the so-called Cardiff Capital Region have submitted an outline of their proposals for a city deal to the UK Government, ahead of its comprehensive spending review due later this month.

The Planner

National Trust says urgent coastal action is required

The government and agencies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland need to act now to ensure the coast is ready for the “enormous challenges” presented by severe storms and rising sea levels, according to research by the National Trust.

The Planner

Solar park the size of 23 football pitches could be coming to east Cardiff

A proposal for a 17.5-hectare solar park earmarked for farm land at Michaelston-y-Fedw, which straddles the boundary between Cardiff and Newport, has been approved by both planning authorities.

Wales Online

Plans for 35 homes in Newport approved

Plans for a housing development at a seaside town in Pembrokeshire have been approved - despite being initially rejected six weeks earlier.

BBC News

Homes set for Swansea University's Hendrefoilan student village

Plans for 300 new homes at Swansea University's soon-to-be closed student village at Hendrefoilan are to be given the go-ahead.

BBC News

New saltmarsh habitat completes Fairbourne flood defence scheme

Natural Resources Wales’s £6.8 million scheme to protect more than 400 properties in Fairbourne, Gwynedd, from flooding reaches its final stage this week as a new area of salt marsh is created at Morfa Friog, in line with the planning condition for the project.

Natural Resources Wales

Plans revealed for new Pembrokeshire Wakeboard Park

Pembrokeshire could be home to a new wakeboarding park, which would see visitors pulled along a purpose-built lake, if plans lodged with county planners are approved.

Wales Online 

Residents can have say on city-wide flood plan

Residents in Swansea are being given the chance to comment on a city-wide plan to tackle flooding.

City and County of Swansea 

Saved from destruction, this oak tree has now been voted Wales’s tree of the year

A ‘wonderful’ tree at the National Botanic Garden in Carmarthenshire has won the title of Wales’s tree of the year and will now contend for a nationwide title.

Wales Online

Mixed picture for Welsh government enterprise zones

Only seven jobs each have been created at two of the Welsh government’s enterprise zones in the past year.

BBC News 

Friars Walk to ‘change the way people visit Newport’

The Friars Walk retail and leisure development in Newport, which opened its doors to the public for the first time on 12 November 2015, could change the way people visit the city, according to the chief executive of the developer behind the project.

Insider Media and Newport City Council

Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter gets planning permission

Plans to develop a new £100 million innovation quarter in Swansea's SA1 development have received planning permission, as councillors praise ‘impressive’ scheme.

Wales Online

Study to look at options to upgrade A55’s junction 36A

A joint study is to be undertaken by the Welsh Government and Flintshire County Council into the possibilities of upgrading junction 36A of the A55 at Broughton, says minister for transport Edwina Hart.

Welsh Government