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Wales round-up: Sargeant issues direction on underground coal gasification projects; Bats hamper Hendrefoilan student village demolition

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 26 March-1 April, 2016

Sargeant issues direction on underground coal gasification projects

Welsh planning and natural resources minister Carl Sargeant has announced that the Welsh government’s precautionary approach to the development of unconventional oil and gas resources will be extended to underground coal gasification.

The Planner

Consultation launched on moving Land Registry to private sector

Business secretary Sajid Javid has launched a consultation into the options for moving Land Registry operations into the private sector.

The Planner

RTPI Research Awards open for entry

The 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence are now open for entries from all RTPI accredited planning schools and planning consultancies in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.


'Queen of the curve' Zaha Hadid dies aged 65

Dame Zaha Hadid, the world-renowned architect, whose designs include the London Olympic aquatic centre, has died aged 65.

The Guardian

AM’s call for urban regeneration company for Port Talbot to help town after steelworks job losses

The Welsh Government should immediately establish an urban regeneration company in Port Talbot, insisted South Wales West AM Peter Black as the Tata Steel board decided not to approve a rescue package for the town’s steelworks and revealed proposals to sell the business.

Wales Online

Bats hamper Hendrefoilan student village demolition

Bats have caused a delay to demolition of some flats at Swansea University's student village which are due to make way for housing.

BBC News

£12.8m to regenerate town centres and create jobs

Communities minister Lesley Griffiths has announced that 12 regeneration projects are set to receive a £12.8 million boost, creating more than 400 new jobs, 50 traineeships and more than 220 new homes.

Welsh Government

Fury over plans to build new village on Wrexham green field site

Wrexham council chiefs are considering providing up to 11,715 houses across the county over the next 12 years, with about 5,500 on green fields.

Daily Post