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Wales round-up: PM concerned over costs of Swansea tidal lagoon project; Welsh councils submit plans to build on known flood plains

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 9 January-15 January, 2016

PM concerned over costs of Swansea tidal lagoon project

Prime Minister David Cameron has voiced concern at the cost of power produced by the proposed Swansea Tidal Lagoon and hinted the project may not satisfy the government’s subsidy regime.

The Planner

Housing and Planning Bill: Third reading passed

The Housing and Planning Bill has been passed through to the House of Lords following part two of the report stage and the third reading in the House of Commons.

The Planner 

Growing shortage of minerals and waste planners – survey

There is a growing shortage in the number of minerals and waste planners, according to the results of an RTPI survey.

The Planner

Welsh councils submit plans to build on known flood plains

Welsh councils are weighing up whether to build housing on flood plains despite mounting concerns following storms Desmond, Eva and Frank this winter, it has emerged.

Wales Online 

Appeal launched over decision to reject 478 hectare opencast mine

Energy company Miller Argent has decided to appeal over Caerphilly Council’s rejection of its proposal for a 478 hectare opencast mine in the Rhymney Valley at Nant Llesg.

Wales Online

Agricultural Land Classification Reports highlighted

Planning minister Carl Sargeant has written to planning authorities highlighting the Agricultural Land Classification report validation service provided by the Welsh government.

Welsh Government 

House building jobs boom for Wales

Industry body the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has published a report which argues that nearly doubling housing supply in Wales would reap significant economic benefits.

Home Builders Federation 

Plans revealed for 24-storey block of Cardiff student flats

Plans to create a 24-storey student block in Cardiff city centre have been revealed by developer Watkin Jones Group.

Wales Online

£500k to change Corn Exchange pub into shops and flats

Villagers have raised £500,000 to convert a former Crickhowell pub into flats and shops to prevent it being turned into a supermarket.

BBC News 

£1.5m for Holyhead town centre regeneration

A £1.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund is set to help regenerate Holyhead town centre on Anglesey.

BBC News

£9m grants to improve natural environment

Nine councils in Wales are to share nearly £9 million to improve natural environments used by local communities.

BBC News