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Wales round-up: Rail study moots Cardiff centre station redevelopment, Welsh devolution

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 27 February-6 March, 2015

Rail study moots Cardiff centre station redevelopment and electrified North Wales line 

A large-scale redevelopment of Cardiff central station and plans to electrify the North Wales main line are among highlights in Network Rail's latest strategy for the country over the next 30 years.

The Planner

Welsh devolution: Deal was ‘rushed’ and ‘incoherent’ says Jones

First minister Carwyn Jones has criticised last week’s devolution package for Wales as “rushed, incoherent and unsatisfactory’. The package would give the administration powers over fracking, plans for on and offshore energy schemes of up to 350 megawatts in capacity, marine licensing and planning as well as port development and responsibility for all Building Regulations.

BBC News and the UK Government

Future of derelict Victorian hospital site to go under microscope at public inquiry

A public inquiry has begun today into the fate of the derelict Grade ll* listed North Wales Hospital site in Denbigh which has been the subject of legal battle involving the owners, Denbighshire County Council and a compulsory purchase order.

Wales Online 

Bill a chance to provide the Wales We Want for our future generations

Carl Sargeant, minister for natural resources has welcomed a report which highlighted climate change as the single most important issue facing future generations.

Welsh Government 

Cock-up of Wales

A public inquiry is due to open next week (10 March) into the proposed exchange of land to compensate for common land scheduled to be built over as a result of the Circuit of Wales project north of Ebbw Vale.

Open Spaces Society

Land availability

The latest joint housing land availability studies for Pembrokeshire, Powys and Wrexham have been published.

Pembrokeshire County Council, Powys County Council and Wrexham County Borough Council

Minister wants bigger role for national parks

Natural resources minister Carl Sargeant has insisted that national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty must to play a more significant role in how Wales manages its environment.

Welsh Government

Swansea City's old Vetch Field to be transformed from theatre of dreams to haven for wild flowers

Swansea City Council is poised to approve proposals to turn Swansea City Football Club’s former Vetch Field home into a haven for wild flowers with a ‘community orchard’ as well as 40 new homes and sheltered housing.

Wales Online

Carl Sargeant AM tries to end fracking ban confusion

The natural resources minister has tried to end the confusion over whether there is a ban on fracking in Wales.

BBC News