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14/10/2016

Wales round-up: Peers unhappy with law devolving new powers to ministers Welsh Assembly; Cardiff’s transport strategy set to be published

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 8 October-14 October, 2016

Peers unhappy with law devolving new powers to ministers and Welsh Assembly

The legislation devolving further powers to the Welsh Assembly over several key planning and environmental regulation issues had a torrid time during a debate in the Lords this week.

The Planner

Plans for 576 new homes at Cosmeston condemned by campaigners 

Plans to build hundreds of new homes at Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan would bring part of the county “grinding to a halt”, campaigners have warned.

Wales Online

Cardiff’s transport strategy set to be published

Encouraging walking and cycling, improving public transport options and supporting the Welsh Government’s future development of a Metro system are among the key elements of Cardiff’s latest transport strategy.

Cardiff City Council

NRW consults on permit applications in Llanberis

Natural Resources Wales is consulting on a company’s permit applications for a hydro-electric scheme in Llanberis, North Wales.

Natural Resources Wales

Cardiff Metropolitan University’s plans for an extension to its Cyncoed campus approved

A controversial plan to extend the size of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cyncoed campus, adding accommodation for 500 students and a new sports complex, has been approved by the city council.

Wales Online

Major redevelopment planned for Fishguard town centre

A major redevelopment is being proposed for Fishguard town centre in Pembrokeshire. The masterplan includes a new link road, retail units and the demolition of buildings, including the derelict Fishguard Junior School, on  a 1.5 hectare site.

BBC News

Welsh Government 2014-based local authority population projections 

Latest Welsh Government 2014-based local authority population projections illustrate the significant pressure on Cardiff’s housing market that still needs to be addressed, according the Simon Coop, planning director with Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners.

Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners

Welsh Government welcomes Brechfa’s connection to the grid

The UK Government has approved the Development Consent Order for Western Power Distribution’s 26 kilometre 132kV power line scheme connecting the consented Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm to an existing overhead line near Llandyfaelog, south-west Wales.

Welsh Government

Cross Hands East development site launched

The first phase of a strategic business and employment site developed by Carmarthenshire County Council at Cross Hands is now being marketed.

South Wales Guardian

Works starts on Trago Mills' Merthyr Tydfil shops plan

Work has started on a long-awaited £40 million retail and leisure complex in Merthyr Tydfil.

BBC News

Plaid Cymru secure commitment to establish a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales

Plaid Cymru detailed its proposals for a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales in a policy paper, which explains the new body would be an arm’s-length public corporation responsible for the planning, funding and delivery of transport and energy projects.

Pinsent Masons

Delivering housing for a liveable city

Cardiff City Council has set out its housing strategy for the next five years

Cardiff City Council

Shropshire marches bog preservation project receives £3.75m EU funding

A project to preserve bogland on the border between Shropshire and Wales has received £3.75 million in funding from the EU.

BBC News

WRU reveal development plans for historic building next to the Principality Stadium 

The Welsh Rugby Union is considering a number of development options for the former county court building – whose façade is listed, which it owns on Westgate Street next to the Principality Stadium.

Wales Online

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