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Wales round-up: Strategy for Severn cities mooted, South Wales Metro plan stalled

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 4 April-10 April, 2015

High-level strategy mooted for Severn cities

The political leaders of Cardiff and Newport City Councils have agreed with their counterpart in Bristol over the next steps in the joint initiative called the Severn Powerhouse.

The Planner

Has the multi-million pound South Wales Metro plan stalled?

Concern is mounting that the Welsh Government’s enthusiastic support for the South Wales Metro plan is waning now that key elements require funding for delivery.

Wales Online

Proposed planning initiative for city centre

Newport City Council is considering a Local Development Order to make it easier for certain types of compatible and appropriate development in the city centre to go ahead without the need for planning permission.

Newport City Council

Green campaigners hit back over claims of jobs bonanza linked to new nuclear plant

A war of words has broken out over claims by the government about the economic benefits of a possible new nuclear power plant on Anglesey.

Wales Online and Welsh Government

Wales 2016: Year of Adventure

The government has launched an initiative to promote Wales as the world’s capital of adventure tourism.

Welsh Government

New affordable housing set to transform Aston Mead

Twenty-one new homes are set to be built at Aston Mead in Flintshire, providing quality affordable housing and regenerating the local area.

Welsh Government

Could plans for Tenby's iconic island finally get the go ahead?

Proposals to turn an iconic Tenby landmark – St Catherine’s Island - into a tourist attraction have been recommended for approval by planners, who say it will provide “economic benefit” for the resort.

Waes Online

First fracking, now open-cast mining - is Wales on its way to becoming the world’s first fossil fuel-free country?

A cross-party group of AMs in the Senedd will discuss later this month whether there should be a moratorium on Welsh open-cast mining.

Wales Online 

Rhondda Cynon Taff Joint Housing Land Availability Study 2014

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has published its latest joint housing land availability study.

Welsh Government

Giant trampoline site gets go-ahead from Cardiff planners

Cardiff City Council has given the go-ahead for a huge leisure facility featuring 100 trampolines, a dodge ball arena and a fitness area proposed for the site of a former soft drinks factory at Llanishen.

Wales Online