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Wales round-up: Sargeant takes hard line over flood risk development, Wrexham 'super-prison'

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 1 November-7 November, 2014

Sargeant takes hard line over flood risk developments

Welsh minister for natural resources and planning Carl Sargeant has made it clear that he will take a tough line on schemes where there is a conflict with national planning policies on development and flooding. 

The Planner 

North Wales Prison Statement

Wrexham Borough Council has finally signed off reserved matters for the proposed £212 million ‘super-prison’ earmarked for the former Firestone site in Wrexham. The project was agreed in principal earlier this year

Wrexham County Borough Council 

Cardiff planning multi-million pound economy boosting City Deal bid to the UK Government

Cardiff is seeking to secure a ‘City Deal’, a multi-million-pound funding boost from the UK government to finance a series of projects that will improve the competitiveness of the Cardiff Capital Region.

Wales Online 

More than 2,000 people in Wales have been on a housing waiting list for 10 years, say Lib Dems

More than 2,000 people have been on a housing waiting list for at least 10 years, according to research by the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The party has called for ambitious targets for the supply of affordable housing.

Wales Online 

Wind farm 'would devastate common'

The Open Spaces Society, one of the UK's oldest conservation groups, is fighting plans by an energy company to put up seven turbines and carry out work on an adjacent common at Pen y Bont in Powys.

BBC News 

Residents to have say on Gower plan

Public consultation has begun on the latest draft Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) management plan. It has been produced by the Gower AONB Partnership, which includes Swansea City Council.

City and County of Swansea 

Controversial housing scheme in 'affluent' town is blocked after public inquiry

Proposals to build more than 70 affordable homes at Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan, one of the most affluent towns in Wales, have been blocked following a public inquiry.

Wales Online 

Council chiefs demand planning bill changes to secure future of the Welsh language

Nearly a third of Welsh council leaders have joined a call for the Welsh language to be at the heart of Wales’ new planning bill.

Wales Online 

Superfast Cymru reaches 275,000 milestone

More than 275,000 premises in Wales can now access superfast broadband, thanks to Superfast Cymru, the Welsh Government and BT.

Wales Online