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Wales round-up: Rural digital connectivity makes waves; National park funding fears

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 27 January-2 February, 2018

Rural digital connectivity makes waves

Welsh minister for digital infrastructure Julie James has that the administration has commissioned research with planning colleagues, due imminently, on measures to guarantee that new-build homes in rural communities are connected to broadband.

The Planner

RTPI celebrates reaching 25,000 members

The RTPI has announced that it has elected its 25,000th member, a major milestone for the institute.

The Planner

Merthyr homes approved for former colliery site

Proposals to build more than 153 homes, 43 affordable, on a former colliery site in Merthyr have been given the go-ahead by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Wales Online

National park funding fears

Welsh ministers have been accused of imposing big cuts on the country’s three national parks, with financial support for Pembrokeshire Coast, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia set to fall to its lowest level since 2001.

BBC News

Major M4 relief scheme objector backs down

One of the main objectors to the building of the M4 relief road, Associate British Ports, is set to formally withdraw its opposition to the plans following the government’s decision to fund improvements at Newport Docks, owned by the company.

BBC News

Fewer planning authorities still on agenda

Local government secretary Alun Davies has insisted that reform of the sector leading to fewer councils and planning authorities is still on the administration’s agenda.

Wales Online

Newport tower rooftop restaurant plan

Proposals for a rooftop restaurant affording spectacular views over the Severn Estuary, along with a four-star hotel and new office floor-space, have been proposed for the tallest building in Newport, the 15-storey Chartist Tower.

Wales Online

Laugharne homes hit community benefits glitch

A decision on a development of more than 40 homes at Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, has been put on ice after a row over community benefits.

Wales Online

Gower AONB affordable homes debate

Coastal Housing Group and its subsidiary Pennant Homes’ plans to build a mix of properties at Pennard in the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has triggered a debate about the pros and cons of affordable housing in a village with some of the area’s most expensive properties.

Wales Online

Residential conversions affecting office supply

A lack of quality office space in South Wales is forcing more firms to consider looking elsewhere for their expansion plans, says property consultancy Bruton Knowles, which has highlighted that too much commercial floorspace is being converted into residential use.

Wales Online

Probe into illegally felled Pembrokeshire trees

An investigation has begun after dozens of trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order were illegally felled in the Freshwater East local nature reserve in Pembrokeshire.

BBC News