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Wales round-up: Revised regime for historic environment comes into force; Celtic Manor Resort lodges hotel plans

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 27 May-2 June, 2017

Revised regime for historic environment comes into force

Planning authorities have been notified of a swathe of new regulations that have come into force as a result of the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016.

The Planner

UK Government challenged over air pollution plans

Campaigners have launched a High Court challenge against the UK Government’s draft consultation on its plans to improve air quality, saying they contain "major flaws".

The Planner

Call for probe into Circuit of Wales report response

There have been calls for an investigation into how the Welsh Government responded to a report about funding for the controversial Circuit of Wales proposals. This came as a new report concluded that the project could make a “significant positive contribution” to the South Wales economy.

BBC News

Letter suggests car firm chose Ebbw Vale for factory because of Circuit of Wales plan

Luxury sports car maker TVR has written to First Minister Carwyn Jones urging the Welsh Government to support the project after revealing that its choice of Ebbw Vale for a factory to make its cars was strongly influenced by the prospect of the £425 million complex.

Wales Online

Hemington writes to planners about night time economy

Chief planner Neil Hemington has written to planning authorities confirming that the Welsh Government will adopt the agent of change principle in future editions of Planning Policy Wales.

Welsh Government

Tech giant Thales looking to bring innovation hub to the Circuit of Wales

It has emerged that one of the world’s biggest technology firms, Thales, plans to create a research and development focused hub at the Circuit of Wales, if it climbs off the drawing board.

Wales Online

Celtic Manor Resort lodges hotel plans

Celtic Manor Resort has lodged plans for a new 154-bedroom budget hotel and drive-through coffee house on the site of the existing Coldra Court Hotel on Chepstow Road in Newport.

Insider Media

Natural Resources Wales: Dr Emyr Roberts retires

Dr Emyr Roberts, the chief executive of Wales's environmental watchdog Natural Resources Wales, has announced that he is to retire.

BBC News

Carmarthen chosen as first location for new department store

The first in a planned new UK-wide network of Days department stores has begun trading in the heart of Carmarthen town centre.

Wales Online

£500,000 expansion of business park in Presteigne already creating interest

A £500,000 expansion of the Broadaxe Business Park in Presteigne involving six new serviced plots has been completed by the Welsh Government.

Welsh Government

Village green plan to celebrate historic observatory

A village green around an historic observatory building is a key element of the latest proposals for the former Civic Centre site in Penllergaer, Swansea, which also involve 80 new homes.

City and County of Swansea

Chickenshed and Silver House win architecture awards

A converted chicken shed and a family home have picked up prizes at the Welsh Architecture Awards.

BBC News