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Wales round-up: Port Talbot Enterprise Zone mooted as response to steel industry job cuts; Data reveals scale of December floods

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 16 January-22 January, 2016

Port Talbot Enterprise Zone mooted as response to steel industry job cuts

Port Talbot could be designated as an enterprise zone in a move designed to help protect the area against the impact of swingeing Tata Steel redundancies.

The Planner

Phil Williams becomes RTPI president

Phil Williams has been inaugurated as president of the RTPI at a ceremony held in London.

The Planner

Data reveals scale of December floods in Wales

New data from Natural Resources Wales has revealed the full scale of the flooding that hit Wales in December.

Natural Resources Wales

Minister unveils plans for social housing standards

The administration has announced plans to introduce mandatory quality standards that will replace the current non-statutory standards for registered social landlords and local housing associations. The standards would apply to the existing 222,000 social homes in Wales and all new social housing properties built with Welsh government support.

Welsh Government

Deal struck in 15-year battle over Cardiff reservoirs

Welsh Water has bough Lisvane and Llanishen reservoirs in Cardiff from Celsa UK and has committed to ensuring that the facilities are safeguarded for recreational and environmentally sensitive activities.

BBC News

£500 million transformation unveiled for Swansea city centre

A 3,500-seat arena and £40 million aquarium are part of a £500 million transformation of Swansea city centre unveiled today (Friday 22 January) by the city council and its partners Rivington Land and Trebor. The proposals represent the biggest landscape change since the World War Two blitz and include a new retail area and cafe quarter. A city beach area is set to be created with bars, restaurants, offices, 5-star hotels and homes which will open on to an extended promenade.

Swansea City and County Council

Development management quarterly survey (October to December 2015)

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is the best-performing planning authority and Powys County Council the worst, according to the latest development management quarterly survey just published by the government.

Welsh Government

Plans submitted for Fishguard Harbour development

Planning and marine licence applications have been submitted covering the first phase of the Fishguard Harbour Marina project.

Insider Media

Plans in for shopping centre redevelopment

Plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of a north Cardiff shopping centre, with a mix of housing and commercial units proposed.

Insider Media