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Wales round-up: Regeneration initiative makes waves; Plans for Newtown bypass given the go-ahead

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 24-30 October, 2015

Welsh regeneration initiative makes waves

An independent review of Vibrant and Viable Places, the Welsh government’s flagship £100 million regeneration scheme, has found it is delivering significant benefits.

The Planner 

Is neighbourhood planning working? Tune in to our 17th November webinar

Are communities now able to influence local development as the Localism Act envisioned or are the barriers proving insurmountable? 

The Planner

Chancellor to launch National Infrastructure Commission 

Chancellor George Osborne will launch the National Infrastructure Commission in York later today.

The Planner

Plans for Newtown bypass given the go-ahead

Transport minister Edwina Hart has given the go-ahead for the Welsh Government’s preferred route for the Newtown bypass after considering the findings of the public inquiry.

Welsh Government 

Empty homes target smashed

Over 7,500 vacant properties have been saved from falling into disrepair and transformed into homes for Welsh families during the past four years, the administration has reported.

Welsh Government 

New woodland driven forward by NRW and Ford

A new partnership between the public and private sectors is set to drive forward plans to turn an abandoned coal mine in South Wales into community woodland.

Natural Resources Wales 

Report lays out strengths and weaknesses of Wales' capital

Major new report has quantified the strengths and weaknesses of the Welsh capital city.

Wales Online 

Plans revealed for major office and retail scheme in Newport

New plans revealed for major office and retail scheme in the centre of Newport at Station Quarter development.

Wales Online 

Welsh Government supports expansion plans set to create 50 new jobs for Welshpool firm

The Welsh Government plans to invest £5.6m and build a new factory to enable a company to expand its operations in Welshpool.

Welsh Government 

Development Management Quarterly Survey (July to September 2015)

Administration publishes latest statistical information about the handling of planning applications by local planning authorities.

Welsh Government 

£1.2million for Wales' historical buildings

Historic buildings and war memorials across Wales set to benefit from up to £1.2million funding to protect, restore and bring them into modern use.

Welsh Government 

Deeside waste incinerator permit approved

An environmental permit has been issued for a £800 million energy from waste plant proposed for Flintshire.

BBC News