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Wales round-up: Sargeant announces policy review, Cardiff Council to consider merger

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 10 October-17 October, 2014

Sargeant announces town centre retail policy review

Planning minister Carl Sargeant has announced a review of current planning policy on retailing and town centres. Officials have been told to “refresh” Planning Policy Wales and the relevant Technical Advice Note - TAN 4.

The Planner

Minister speaks about the importance of town centres and announces further regeneration funding

Lesley Griffiths, minister for communities and tackling poverty, has announced a further £520,000 of regeneration funding for Merthyr Tydfil. This will go towards the completion of five key projects including an extension of the Penderyn Square regeneration scheme, the creation of new office space and car park in the town centre, increased signage and improvements to the traffic system.

Welsh Government 

Aberystwyth's iconic seafront could get new zip wire 

Ceredigion Council has confirmed its interest in installing a zip wire at Aberystwyth. It would run between the top of Constitution Hill, on the northern tip of the seafront, and the resort’s ‘famous Royal Pier, to the south.

Wales Online 

Cardiff council's top officer suggests: 'We would consider merging voluntarily with the Vale'

Cardiff council will try to negotiate a voluntary merger with neighbouring local authority, the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The Vale of Glamorgan has already voiced opposition to a forced merger.

Wales Online 

£1.9m makeover for Swansea market

Swansea's indoor market is to get a new £1.9 million roof as part of continuing attempts to rejuvenate the city centre.

BBC News 

Consultation plans open for £200m power plant in Felindre

Public consultation has begun on proposals for a £200 million 299 megawatt gas-fired power station earmarked for a site at Felindre near Swansea.

BBC News 

Flintshire council to consider large-scale energy sites

Sites for possible large-scale renewable energy projects are to be examined under an initiative by Flintshire Council. 

BBC News 

London Tube map inspires Swansea Bay to help cyclists around the city

A London Underground-style map for cyclists in Swansea Bay has been published, making it easier than ever for commuters and tourists to access the area.

Wales Online 

Swansea City Region could be purely powered by renewable energy in the next 20 years

Industrialist says Swansea City Region could gain all its power needs from renewable energy by 2030.

Wales Online