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Wales round-up: Probe into blaze at former Denbigh asylum suggested for conversion to homes; Funding for national parks and AONBs

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 31 March-6 April, 2018

Probe into blaze at former Denbigh asylum suggested for conversion to homes and hotels

North Wales Police, North Wales Fire Rescue Service and Denbighshire County Council have launched a joint investigation following a massive blaze at a listed former Victorian asylum at Denbigh, which is at the centre of competing redevelopment proposals.

The Planner

Renewable electricity generation on the rise

The UK’s renewable electricity generation in 2017 increased by 18.8 per cent compared with 2016, largely because of increased capacity and higher wind speeds.

The Planner

Funding for national parks and AONBs

Environment minister Hannah Blythyn has announced more than £3.4 million for landscape improvements to Wales’s three National Parks and five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

Welsh Government

New landfill tax to boost community and green projects

A new Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme has gone live to support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill by providing £1.5 million funding each year for the next four years.

Welsh Government

Lottery cash for Barry, Colwyn Bay, Gwynedd, Llanelli and Preseli

£1.5m of lottery money has been given to five projects to boost local economies through heritage projects in Barry, Colwyn Bay, the slate-mining area of Gwynedd, Llanelli and Preseli in Pemobrokeshire.

BBC News

Green light for Swansea hospital

Swansea’s Sancta Maria private hospital is set to relocate to land at the city’s Waterfront area now that the three-storey scheme has been approved by the city council.

Wales Online

Denbigh egg scheme

An egg production unit that could house up to 28,000 free range chickens has been proposed for a farm at Plas Llanynys, near Denbigh.

Insider Media

Union plea for Swansea tidal lagoon

The Prospect union, which represents scientists and engineers, has urged the UK Government to consider taking a “golden share” in the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon to make the renewable energy project a reality.

Wales Online

Chazza bridge name move

The Second Severn Crossing is to be renamed The Prince of Wales Bridge in a move announced to mark Prince Charles’ 70th birthday year.

Wales Online