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Wales round-up: Planning Bill forges ahead, action promised on HMOs

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 2 May-8 May, 2015

Planning Bill forges ahead in Senedd

The government’s flagship planning legislation made significant progress this week. The Planning (Wales) Bill completed the third stage of its scrutiny by the Welsh Assembly. Still to come is a formal vote on the amended draft bill.

The Planner

RTPI appoints new commercial and corporate services director 

Phil Pluck has joined the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as commercial and corporate services director.

The Planner

New bill to protect past for Wales of tomorrow introduced

The Welsh Government has introduced into the Assembly the country’s first Wales-only legislation to protect ancient monuments and historic buildings. The Historic Environment (Wales) Bill will make it more difficult for people to escape prosecution for criminal damage to scheduled ancient monuments by claiming ignorance of a monument’s status or location.

Welsh Government 

Action promised on houses in multiple occupation

Planning minister Carl Sargeant has welcomed the publication of an independent report into the effect houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) can have on communities and will consider recommendations which include modifying change of use regulations.

Welsh Government

One in five Cardiff families could be unable to find a home in the city unless more housing is built

If current trends continue, overcrowding in the Welsh capital would see more than 41,000 households without a home by 2036, suggests an assessment of latest housing and population statistics.

Wales Online

Revealed: The homes inspired by London’s Georgian squares planned for site of BBC Wales headquarters

Cardiff’s iconic 1960s concrete BBC Wales headquarters could be replaced with a 400-home residential development inspired by London’s Georgian squares.

Wales Online

Council breaks own planning guidelines by putting 200 solar panels on roof

Council may have broken its own planning guidelines over the positioning of 200 solar panels on roof of one of its buildings.

Wales Online 

Vision unveiled for historic copperworks site’s future

A new visitor centre, conference facilities and incubation units for start-up digital businesses are among plans for the future of Swansea's Hafod Morfa Copperworks site.

City and County of Swansea

Local government restructuring must be ‘sustainable and enduring’ says National Assembly Committee

The National Assembly for Wales’ Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee has sounded a warning note over the proposed restructuring of local government. In a report just published it highlighted the tight time scale and the fact that the need for political compromise could result in a settlement that may not be as robust as it should be.

National Assembly for Wales

Sites available for housing in Newport

Latest joint housing availability study for Newport shows that the city has 9.2 years’ worth of sites.

Newport City Council