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Wales round-up: Revised historic environment planning guidance consultation begins; Secretary of state pushes forward growth deal for North Wales

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 19 March-25 March, 2016

Revised historic environment planning guidance consultation starts

The Welsh Government has started consulting on proposed changes to Planning Policy Wales Chapter 6: The Historic Environment.

The Planner

Secretary of state pushes forward growth deal for North Wales

Alun Cairns, the new Secretary of State for Wales, is to hold a round table meeting in North Wales next week to explore prospects for a growth deal for the region.

UK Government

New generation of iconic TVR sports cars to be made in Ebbw Vale

Independent British sports car-maker TVR is to produce the latest model of its iconic brand of high-performance cars from a new manufacturing facility in Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone, First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced.

Welsh Government

Farmers and landowners alerted to new law to protect scheduled monuments

A new act that will improve the protection of Wales’s scheduled monuments became law this week. The Historic Environment (Wales) Act will simplify and modernise the current scheduled monument consent procedure, making it easier for landowners to obtain consent and carry out small-scale works of maintenance and repair that have been agreed in advance with the Welsh government’s Historic Environment Service (Cadw).

Welsh Government 

Environment (Wales) Act 2016 becomes law

The Environment (Wales) Act 2016 became law in Wales on 21 March, 2016. The act aims to enable the Welsh Government to help tackle environmental challenges it faces.

Welsh Government

Newport secures first investment from the Cardiff Capital

The city of Newport has secured the first investment from the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal – just days after the £1.2 billion programme was signed.

Newport City Council

Cardiff Airport lacks long-term expansion plan, say AMs

Cardiff Airport is missing its passenger targets and lacks a long-term plan to expand, a committee of Assembly Members has said.

BBC News

Work has started at a £9m new housing development in Bridgend town centre

Work has begun on the construction phase of a new plan to regenerate Bridgend town centre that combines housing, commercial space and a new multi-storey car park.

Wales Online

£29m for transport schemes to boost the economy, road safety and active travel

Transport minister Edwina Hart has announced nearly £29 million funding for transport schemes across Wales to improve safety, create economic growth and promote active travel.

Welsh Government