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Wales round-up: Retail decline, bill to make renting easier

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 7 February - 13 February, 2015

Welsh retail decline bucks the trend elsewhere in UK

The fall in shoppers using Welsh high streets has “significantly outpaced” the situation in other parts of the UK, says a new report.

The Planner

Landmark Bill to make it simpler and easier to rent a home in Wales

Groundbreaking legislation to reform the Welsh rented housing sector has been introduced by the communities and tackling poverty minister, Lesley Griffiths.

Welsh government 

BT hits major broadband milestone in Wales

BT hits a major broadband milestone in Wales with more than a million homes and firms using a high-speed fibre connection, including more than 130,000 premises in Cardiff, 90,000 in Swansea and 50,000 in both Newport and Wrexham.

Wales Online 

Additional £5.8 million announced for social housing

Finance minister Jane Hutt has announced that an additional £5.8 million from reserves will be allocated for social housing in 2014-15 which will support the delivery of 70-90 new affordable homes.

Welsh government 

Planning Bill moves into second stage

Planning minister Carl Sargeant, has re-affirmed the need for a ‘better planning system which will be fairer, more resilient and of real benefit to the people of Wales as the Planning Bill moved to its second stage of the Assembly scrutiny process.

Welsh government

Taylor Wimpey consults on 400-home Cardiff scheme

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has begun a public consultation on its plans for a 400-home redevelopment of seven hectares of land currently occupied by the BBC two miles to the west of Cardiff city centre.


Plans to reopen abandoned Welsh railway tunnel described as an 'exciting opportunity' by Edwina Hart

A plan to reopen an abandoned Welsh railway tunnel for walking and cycling is gathering momentum and political support.

Wales Online

The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Wales) Regulations 2015

The government has begun consulting on proposals to transpose the land use planning elements of the Seveso III Directive - which deals with hazardous substances - into Welsh planning legislation.

Welsh government

NRW blamed as Llanrwst stream left a 'desert' after work

Natural Resources Wales is in hot water over after being blamed for damage to a stream in Conwy destroyed during flood prevention work.

BBC Wales