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Wales round-up: Planning in Wales should be ‘strongly’ tied to transport policy; MPs call for revised strategy for rail investment

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 19 May-25 May, 2018

Stromness regeneration plan wins top RTPI award

The regeneration of Stromness has won the RTPI’s Silver Jubilee Cup at the 2018 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

Planning in Wales should be ‘strongly’ tied to transport policy

The Welsh planning system and transport policy should be ‘more strongly’ linked to ensure that there is a move towards active travel options, says RTPI Cymru.

The Planner

MPs call for revised strategy for rail investment

MPs have urged the UK Government and the Welsh administration to identify ‘cost-effective’ options for improving the rail network in Wales.

The Planner

Dedicated Welsh planning website to launch

The Planning Portal has announced that Wales will benefit from a new dedicated website called Planning Applications Wales, which is due to go live on Tuesday 29 May.  

Planning Portal

AMs pan Circuit of Wales decisions

Welsh Government ministers were right to consider supporting the Circuit of Wales project near Ebbw Vale, but a Welsh Assembly committee of AMs concluded officials made inexplicable decisions in providing funding for the aborted scheme and failed to keep ministers up to date with key developments involving the proposals.

Welsh Assembly

Loan fund to unlock stalled housing sites

A £40 million Welsh government loan fund to support small and medium-sized builders in unlocking stalled sites has been established by the administration.

Welsh Government

Electric bus trial in the capital

Cardiff is hosting an eight-week trial of its first-ever electric bus service, which will take passengers from the civic centre, via the city centre and on to the scenic Cardiff Bay.

Welsh Government

Pembrokeshire tourist scheme wins appeal

A decision by Pembrokeshire County Council to refuse planning permission for an extension to a tourist development at Redberth near Tenby has been overturned by the Planning Inspectorate on appeal.

Insider Media

Newport developments

Proposals to convert a historic grade-11 former school and adult learning centre in Newport into 19 self-contained flats have surfaced at the same time as a plan for a four-star hotel has been confirmed for the city’s tallest building, the Chartist Tower.

Insider Media and Wales Online

Cardiff cemetery proposals

Detailed plans have been revealed for a new burial space for the capital at a 3.6-hectare site north of the M4 on the A469, which is less than 650 metres from the existing Thornhill Cemetery.

Wales Online

Mumbles pier project proposals

Detailed plans to turn the foreshore and headland at Mumbles Pier into a 'world-class attraction' involving a five-storey hotel building set in the former limestone quarry on the headland have been submitted to the council.

Wales Online

Swansea Bay tourism boosts local economy

Tourism’s annual value to the Swansea Bay economy during 2017 has topped the £417 million mark.

Swansea City Council

Bangor conversion rethink

Proposals to transform a former Debenhams store into student flats on Bangor High Street have been withdrawn amid opposition.

North Wales Chronicle

NRW sets new direction of travel for conservation

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is joining forces with the British Ecological Society and the UK’s other statutory nature conservation agencies to set a new direction of travel for nature conservation.

Natural Resources Wales

Tidal lagoon boss in hot water

MPs are seeking ‘urgent clarification’ from Mark Shorrock, the chief executive of Tidal Lagoon Power, that one of his companies offered ‘financial inducement’ so a parish council would support planning permission for a controversial quarry project he owns in Cornwall, which is intended to supply the Swansea power generation scheme with rock.

Wales Online

MoD firing range in Pembrokeshire annoys

A Ministry of Defence firing range at Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, is triggering a rising tide of noise complaints.

Wales Online

Active Travel Act failures

A lack of leadership, funding and ambition have all contributed to disappointing results from the government’s flagship Active Travel Act, according to a cross-party group of AMs.

Welsh Assembly

North Wales wetlands work wins award

Natural Resources Wales’s work to restore lowland wetlands in North Wales has been selected as a ‘Best Nature’ project in Europe.

Natural Resources Wales

Green light for Caernarfon bypass

Plans for a new £135 million Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass have been given the go-ahead.

BBC News

Pantleg homes evacuation order upheld

Four homeowners whose houses in Pantteg are at risk of collapsing have lost their appeal against being evacuated by Neath Port Talbot Borough Council.

BBC News