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23/10/2014

Wales round-up: Plan for 500-megawatt gas-fired power station at Milford Haven, M4 relief road

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18-24 October, 2014

Plan for a 500-megawatt gas-fired power station at Milford Haven

Plans for a 500-megawatt gas-fired power station at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, have been given the go-ahead by UK energy secretary Ed Davey.

Welsh Government

10,000 additional affordable homes by May 2016

Communities minister Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed new figures that she claims show the Welsh government is on course to meet its target of providing 10,000 additional affordable homes by May 2016.The statistics show 2,416 affordable homes were delivered during 2013-14, an 18 per cent rise on the previous year.

Welsh Government

M4 Relief Road project heads for public inquiry

The controversial £1 billion M4 Relief Road project looks set for a public inquiry over the winter of 2016/17, Welsh transport minister Edwina Hart has signalled.

The Planner 

Welsh Government sets out its priorities for tackling climate change

Natural resources Minister Carl Sargeant has set out the Welsh Government’s refreshed approach to climate change in Wales, which includes a key role for the planning system including legislative moves in the recently introduced planning bill.

Welsh Government 

Changes to Part 24 Permitted Development Right

The administration’s chief planner Rosemary Thomas has written to all chief planning officers about changes to Part 24 permitted development rights in respect of telecommunication infrastructure which come into force on 7 November.

Welsh Government 

Funding concerns over Natural Resources Wales

Concerns are being voiced about the financial health of Natural Resources Wales formed last year as the country’s unified environmental regulator. 

BBC News 

Operational hours at St Athan Airfield extended

The Welsh Government is upgrading services at St Athan Aerospace Business Park – part of the St Athan-Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone - and extending the operation of the airfield to seven days a week to meet the growing needs of commercial businesses.

Welsh Government

RAF St Athan to be turned into civilian airfield by 2019 under Welsh Government plans

The effectiveness of the Welsh Government’s plans to turn RAF St Athan into a civilian airfield has been questioned by a Tory MP.

Wales Online 

A 'blueprint' for a long-lasting solution to protect Llanishen Reservoir for the community

Plans for the future of one of Cardiff’s most-loved beauty spots has been outlined by the local people who fought a multi-million pound 12-year legal and planning battle to save it. The proposals for the Llanishen and Lisvane reservoirs in the north of Cardiff would see them returned to their former glory as a nature reserve and leisure facility for everyone in Cardiff.

Wales Onlne 

Doc definitely not lovin' plans for market town McDonald's 250m away from school

Controversy surrounds McDonald's bid for planning permission to build a new restaurant just off the Heads of the Valleys Road in Abergavenny, which many view as the food capital of Wales.

Wales Online 

£100m investment in Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

A financial services company is to invest up to £100 million in a project to build a power-generating tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.

BBC News 

Dubbed 'unique and outstanding' Penarth Pier Pavilion wins big at prestigious ceremony

The restoration of Penarth’s Art Deco Pier Pavilion has been named the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ Project of the Year.

Wales Online 

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