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Wales round-up: Project under a cloud as Welsh ministers refuse to underwrite the project; First Minister sets out legislative priorities

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 24 June-30 June, 2017

Circuit of Wales under a cloud as ministers refuse to underwrite the project

The fate of the proposed multimillion-pound Circuit of Wales project is now under a huge cloud following the decision by the Welsh Government not to provide a financial guarantee for around half the cost of the project.

The Planner

Construction industry lays bare the skills shortage

An ageing workforce and an unattractive image of the job means the construction industry is lacking the skills and capacity to deliver the homes the country needs, an audience at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference heard.

The Planner

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First Minister sets out legislative priorities

First Minister Carwyn Jones has set out his government’s legislative priorities for the year ahead, including a bill to reform local government in Wales.

Welsh Government

Plans in for 975-home scheme

Property developer Johnsey Estates UK has submitted an outline planning application to develop 975 homes, as well as shops, leisure facilities and a school on a 50-hectare site between Pontypool and Abergavenny.

Insider Media

365 homes in Llay approved on appeal by Welsh Government

Proposals for 365 new homes at Llay on the outskirts of Wrexham originally refused by the county borough council have been approved on appeal by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

BBC News

More than 1,000 student flats planned for Cardiff sites

More than 1,000 student flats could be built across two sites in Cardiff if separate planning applications submitted to Cardiff City Council are given the green light.

Insider Media

Plans for police station site in Caerphilly

Retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone has lodged plans to redevelop a former Caerphilly police station to create of 43 flats.

Insider Media

Bill to introduce landfill disposals tax in Wales is passed

A bill introducing a second devolved tax in Wales – covering landfill disposal – has been passed by the National Assembly for Wales.

Welsh Government

Retirement apartment complex set to be built in Cardiff

A luxury retirement apartment complex providing 90 flats with its own restaurant is set to replace a distinctive glass-wrapped building in the north of the capital.

Wales Online

Wave farm could produce electricity for 500,000 homes

Reports claim a wave farm off the coast of west Wales could one day provide enough energy to power 500,000 homes using revolutionary new devices designed and made in the country.

Wales Online

House becomes bungalow after height complaints

A new £250,000 five-bedroom family home in Treboeth, Swansea, has been turned into a two-bedroom bungalow because neighbours complained about its height.

Wales Online

Anglesey’s Bryn Celli Ddu tomb ‘surrounded by cairns’

A series of late Neolithic and early Bronze Age cairns have been uncovered at Anglesey’s 5,000-year-old Bryn Celli Ddu tomb.

BBC News

Conwy valley flood report

People in the Conwy valley have been reassured that they are at less risk of flooding after a new report into recent floods was published by Natural Resources Wales.

Natural Resources Wales

‘Not enough trees are being planted’, say woodland bodies

Not enough trees are being planted in Wales and the Welsh Government needs to do more to meet environmental targets, woodland organisations have said.

BBC News

Swansea ‘10 to 15 years behind Cardiff’, says think tank

Swansea’s success as a city is 10 to 15 years behind Cardiff, claims the chief executive of urban think tank the Centre for Cities.

BBC News

Circuit of Wales issues 3,000-word defence of the scheme

The fallout from the government’s stance on the Circuit of Wales project has intensified, with the developer posting a 3,000-word response on its website and Plaid Cymru calling for an inquiry.

Wales Online