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Wales round-up: Planning (Wales) Bill, calls to stop £11m M4 relief road spending

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 15 November-21 November, 2014

Major funding boost for Welsh rail network

A massive scheme to modernise railways across South Wales is to go ahead after the end of a long-running dispute between the UK and Welsh governments over who will fund the project. 

The Planner 

Bill proposals to change village green regime under fire

Campaigners have claimed that town and village greens could be destroyed by “draconian" proposals in the government’s planning bill. 

The Planner 

Final say on route for £300m pylons for Powys wind farms

Communities are getting a final say on the route for a £300 million network of pylons to link to new wind farms in Powys.

BBC News 

Conwy and Denbighshire councillors back merger

Conwy and Denbighshire councils have voted in favour of a voluntary merger. This decision came as the government considers moves to cut the number of local authorities from 22 to as few as 10.

Wales Online 

Call to stop £11m M4 relief road spending

Spending on the controversial M4 relief road should be stopped because it will cost £11 million in preparation work over the next two years, says Plaid Cymru.

BBC News 

Flood work to protect homes in Roath, Cardiff

Work is to start on improving flood defences to protect around 440 homes and businesses in Cardiff.

BBC News 

Autumn figures show gloomy picture for Welsh high streets

The Welsh Retail Consortium has reported depressing figures for October showing slower footfall and fewer shops in Welsh high streets.

Wales Online 

Changes to Part 24 Permitted Development Rights

The country’s chief planner has written to planning authorities with more details of changes to Part 24 Permitted Development Rights. This is a follow-up letter with three annexes containing guidance  on fixed-line broadband apparatus and mobile infrastructure and changes to the relevant Technical Advice Note (TAN 19).

Welsh Government 

Expressions of interest sought from property developers for Grade A offices in Llandudno

The Welsh administration is seeking bids from property developers for new Grade A offices in Llandudno as part of a support package to secure the long-term future of CGG Robertson, the resort’s largest private sector employer. 

Welsh Government 

Council probes allegations of planning breaches on site of former Stradey Park rugby stadium

Carmarthenshire County Council has confirmed that it is investigating allegations of planning breaches at the housing development underway at the site of the former Stradey Park rugby stadium in Llanelli.

Wales Online 

£1.1bn EU investment for Wales gets green light

Business minister Jane Hutt has announced the European Commission’s approval of the new £1.1 billion European Regional Development Fund programmes to help boost the Welsh economy with £439 million in funding for connectivity and urban development. This will involve £252 million for transport, including scope to support transformational public transport investments such as the Metro in the Cardiff Capital City Region, and other improvements including the A55 and A40. There will also be £154 million for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Welsh Government