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Wales round-up: Strategy to combat coastal flooding launched, boost for major city gateway

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 2 January-9 January 2015

Strategy to combat coastal flooding launched

A scheme to make Wales more resilient to coastal flooding has been launched by Natural Resources Wales, the country’s environmental agency (NRW). 

The Planner 

New Year public art boost for major city gateway

Swansea City Council has passed plans for a light and sound project for Paxton Street tunnel, a water feature at Swansea Marina and a structure at Museum Green. They are among the works due for completion by the end of March. 

Swansea City Council 

Dyfnant Forest wind farm plans ditched by bosses

Scottish Power Renewables has decided to shelve its proposed 116-megawatt Dyfnant Forest wind farm proposed for a site near Llangadfan in Powys, Mid-Wales. 

BBC News 

Skyscraper turbines set to be thrown out on Anglesey after planning concerns

Proposals for new wind turbines on Anglesey are set to be rejected amid claims that the holiday isle has reached “saturation point” with farmers using their land for green energy schemes.

Wales Online 

Plans for recycling plant will add to 'cocktail of pollution', warn campaigners

A planning application to construct a plant that would use pyrolysis to convert oil industry waste and generate electricity on a site at Pembroke Dock has been submitted to Pembrokeshire Council.

Wales Online 

Gypsies object to expansion of Caegarw camp in Margam

Gypsies living near Neath Port Talbot have objected to the planned expansion of their own site.

BBC News 

Historic Saundersfoot Harbour's £4m redevelopment moves a step closer with EU funds deal

The £4 million makeover of the historic West Wales harbour of Saundersfoot is gathering momentum now that EU funding for the redevelopment scheme drawn up by its Harbour Commission has been announced.

Wales Online 

Helen Griffin and Kevin Allen ask for ideas on regeneration of Swansea city centre

Swansea City Council’s 1980s-built seafront Civic Centre headquarters are due to be put up for sale later in January and could be replaced by a development providing luxury housing, shops, cafe-bars, offices and restaurants. 

Wales Online 

M4 relief road alternative could create noise and pollution for Newport, warns ex-minister John Griffiths

A former government minister opposed to the building of a new M4 relief road says a much-heralded alternative could prove to be a pollution and noise nuisance.

Wales Online 

Full steam ahead for the group hoping to reopen Wales’ longest tunnel as a tourist attraction

Ambitious plans are being drawn up to reopen the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Tunnel - the longest in Wales – as a tourist attraction.

Wales Online