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Wales round-up: Promised bill offers Welsh ministers new planning powers over energy projects; Plans for 117 affordable homes in Pembrokeshire approved

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 14 May-20 May, 2016

Promised bill offers Welsh ministers new planning powers over energy projects

This week’s Queen’s Speech announced government proposals for a Wales Bill that would involve devolving powers to Welsh ministers over licensing of oil and gas exploration, including fracking.

The Planner 

Queen’s Speech 2016: Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill announced

A bill aimed at speeding up the planning process and minimising delays has been announced in the 2016 Queen’s Speech.

The Planner

Queen’s Speech 2016: Reaction

A Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill has been announced in the Queen’s Speech, with the industry welcoming the intent to strengthen neighbourhood planning but critical about privatisation of the Land Registry.

The Planner

Huge £31m computer and science building planned for Swansea's Bay Campus

Proposals for a £31 million ‘computational foundry’ earmarked for Swansea University's beach-front Bay Campus have been lodged with Neath Port Talbot Council.

Wales Online

Plans for 117 affordable homes in Pembrokeshire approved

Pembrokeshire Council has approved an affordable housing development of 117 dwellings homes on land north of Milford Haven School.

BBC News

£3.3m for Caernarfon’s slate quayside regeneration

Ambitious plans to regenerate Caernarfon’s quayside by turning derelict buildings into an ‘artisan quarter’ are set to be backed by a cash injection of £3.3 million.

BBC News

Flintshire council funds £7m affordable homes scheme

A £7.4 million affordable housing scheme providing 60 new homes has been agreed for Flint town centre. The project, funded by a loan from Flintshire council, is part of a plan to build 300 affordable homes across the county by 2020.

BBC News

Swansea solar farm debate

The spread of solar farms in fields in Swansea has sparked intense debate in the area.

South Wales Evening Post

First minister announces cabinet

First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced his new cabinet. Former planning minister Carl Sargeant has been moved to head the Department for Communities and Children. Ken Skates is now Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Mark Drakeford takes on responsibility for Finance and Local Government while Lesley Griffiths becomes Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs.

Welsh Government

Premier Inn reveals plans for new hotel in Cardiff Bay

The Premier Inn chain has revealed plans for a 210-bed hotel in Cardiff Bay on land at East Bute Street, overlooking the Wales Millennium Centre and adjacent to the National Assembly building.

Wales Online