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Wales round-up: Public inquiry announced for controversial new section of M4 around Newport; ‘Critical’ business role in £1.2bn Cardiff city region deal

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18 June-24 June, 2016

Referendum result: Not clear what effect will be on planning-related EU law – RTPI

The UK has voted to leave the European Union, but the RTPI says despite the result the planning profession will continue to be international in its outlook.

The Planner 

Public inquiry announced for controversial new section of M4 around Newport

A public local Inquiry into the proposed stretch of the M4 around Newport will start this autumn with a preliminary meeting scheduled for next month, Welsh infrastructure secretary Ken Skates announced this week.

The Planner

‘Critical’ business role in £1.2bn Cardiff city region deal

Businesses have been told they have a "critical" role to play in helping develop the £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region city deal over the next 20 years.

BBC News 

Cardiff set to have new bike hire scheme

The Welsh capital is set to have a new bike hire scheme in spring next year as the council honours its pledge to make alternative forms of transport an attractive and viable option for residents and visitors.

City of Cardiff Council 

Newport in danger of missing out on huge growth in tech firms

Newport is in danger of missing out from a huge growth in demand from tech firms because it lacks the right sort of office space, a property expert has warned.

Wales Online

Permit applications withdrawn for Llanberis scheme

Developers hoping to build a £100 million hydro-power plant in a disused Gwynedd quarry have withdrawn an application for a key permit needed to discharge water into a lake at Llanberis as part of the plans.

Natural Resources Wales

Jobs under threat in Nant Helen mine mothball plan

A Powys opencast mine operated by Celtic Energy could be mothballed, resulting in 90 redundancies. This follows an announcement by RWE that Aberthaw power station was unlikely to require large volumes of coal beyond March 2017.

BBC News

A video has been created objecting against plans for new housing in Caerphilly

Campaigners fighting proposals for new housing development in Caerphilly proposed in the county borough council’s draft local development plan have released a video setting out their objections.

Wales Online