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Wales round-up: PPW focuses on placemaking; Welsh planning law set for major shake-up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 1 December-7 December, 2018

PPW focuses on placemaking

The Welsh Government’s 10th iteration of Planning Policy Wales (PPW) focuses on putting people and place at the heart of the planning system. It was published this week by planning secretary Lesley Griffiths.

The Planner

Welsh planning law set for major shake-up

The Law Commission has proposed a wide-ranging shake-up of planning law in Wales. A report published this week calls for more than 190 technical reforms.

The Planner

George Pepler international award open for entries

The George Pepler international award, organised by the RTPI, is a bursary granted biennially to a person in their first ten years of post-qualification experience wishing to undertake a short period of study on a particular aspect of spatial planning. Entries are now open.


Swansea Bay City Deal to be reviewed

The Welsh and UK governments have announced an independent review of the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal less than 24 hours after the £200 million Carmarthenshire Life Science and Wellbeing Village project at Delta Lakes near Llanelli was put on hold. This followed Swansea University’s decision to suspend several academics including professor Marc Clement, credited as the architect of the ambitious scheme.

BBC News

Llanelli development paused over uni moves

The £200 million Carmarthenshire Life Science and Wellbeing Village project at Delta Lakes near Llanelli has been put on hold after Swansea University suspended a number of academics.

Carmarthenshire County Council

£78m for local transport projects

Active travel links, electric car charging facilities and road improvement projects across Wales are all set to benefit from a share of £78 million of funding from the administration’s local transport fund.

Welsh Government

EU funding boosts green power schemes

Two renewable energy projects, one involving cutting-edge battery technology and the other the country’s first community-owned solar power initiative, will benefit from £9.5 million of EU funding, finance secretary Mark Drakeford has announced.

Welsh Government

Tory housing strategy published

The Welsh Conservatives have launched a housing strategy designed to provide 100,000 new homes over 10 years, all of which would have electric vehicle charging points. It also requires a Cabinet Secretary for Housing and Planning, the reinstatement of ‘right to buy’ and new planning rules for larger development sites.

Welsh Conservative Party

Denbighshire carbon-neutral farm mooted

Proposals for a £20 million carbon-neutral farm drawn up for an agricultural college in Denbighshire now forms part of the current North Wales growth bid.

Insider Media

Rhyl opts for BID

Businesses in Rhyl, the North Wales coastal town, have voted to establish a Business Improvement District.

Insider Media

Ministers opt for Scottish housing need and demand tool

Welsh housing minister Rebecca Evans has announced that the administration will adopt the housing need and demand tool developed by the Scottish government to provide both national and regional estimates of future housing need.

Welsh Government

Tree removal to be investigated

Swansea Council and Natural Resources Wales are investigating the recent removal of a Giant Redwood tree on land in Penllergaer, next to a site being developed for new housing.

Swansea City Council

Capital bike boom

Cardiff's popular bike share scheme is set to double next year with an additional 500 bikes, operator Nextbike has confirmed as it also promised an extra 65 docking stations.

Cardiff City Council