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Wales round-up: Sargeant bangs the drum for flood protection; Welsh council shake-up vote is dropped

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 3 October-9 October, 2015

Sargeant bangs the drum for flood protection

Natural resources and planning Minister Carl Sargeant has stressed that the administration’s coastal erosion risk management programme is yielding significant benefits - more than 3,800 properties around Wales are benefiting from projects due to be completed in the near future.

The Planner 

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 open for entry 

Entries for the 14 categories for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 are now open.

The Planner

Panel of experts asks for input into local plan review

The panel set up to consider how best to streamline the local plan-making process is inviting the views of planning, property and local government professionals as well as other stakeholders.

The Planner

RTPI 2016 vice-president announced

The RTPI has announced the results of this year’s elections, including the position of 2017 president.

The Planner

Welsh council shake-up vote is dropped

The final vote on the bill paving the way for radical reform of local councils in Wales – possibly halving the number of planning authorities at a stroke - has been postponed.

BBC News 

Plans for hundreds of houses in Llay thrown out by councillors

Proposals for 365 new homes at a site in Llay have been rejected by Wrexham councillors against the advice of officials.

Daily Post

Planners recommend go-ahead for Newport solar farm project

A plan for a solar farm to be installed on agricultural land north of the M4, on the outskirts of Newport, has been recommended for the go-ahead.

South Wales Argus

Nplaw helps Welsh council secure CPO for Grade II* listed hospital complex

Public sector legal practice nplaw has helped Denbighshire County Council to obtain a compulsory purchase order from the Welsh Government for Denbigh Hospital, a Grade II* listed complex of buildings set in over 20 hectares of parkland tht has been left derelict for years.

Local Government Lawyer 

Electric car-charging points plan for Swansea

Swansea Council has registered an interest with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles for the next round of funding to help cover the costs of additional charging points in the city.

City and County of Swansea 

New Aberystwyth Uni halls ‘affecting town economy’

Aberystwyth University's new £45 million hall of residence is having a detrimental effect on the town's economy because of its focus on campus life, business leaders have claimed.

BBC News 

Planning issue over Carmarthenshire council leader’s barn

A renovated barn belonging to Carmarthenshire council’s leader is at the centre of a planning row.

BBC News

Eco-lodge plans for Laugharne luxury hotel development

Plans for a multi-million-pound development to create 200 turfed-roof eco-lodges at the Corran Resort and Spa in Laugharne have been submitted to Carmarthenshire Council

Wales Online