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Wales round-up: Sustainable drainage scheme takes shape, £70m Milford Haven docks revamp

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 21 February-27 February, 2015

Sustainable drainage regime takes shape

The Welsh Government has begun consulting on interim non-statutory standards for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in Wales.

The Planner

£5m to improve Welsh town centres

Welsh communities and tackling poverty minister Lesley Griffiths has dedicated £5 million to regenerating town centres across Wales.

The Planner

£70m Milford Haven docks revamp may bring 600 jobs

Outline proposals for the £70 million regeneration of Milford Haven dock with a mixed-use scheme of retail, leisure and commercial activity including heritage facilities has been green-lit by Pembrokeshire Council.

BBC News 

Have your say on plans to replace Landfill Tax in Wales

Finance minister Jane Hutt has launched a consultation on the country’s proposed Landfill Disposals Tax, which will replace the UK Landfill Tax in Wales from April 2018. The latter has played a major role in encouraging environmentally responsible practices and generated resources for regeneration.

Welsh Government

Coedpoeth and Brymbo villagers face contaminated land bill

A row is brewing over the fact that residents in two Wrexham villages face clean-up costs of up to £10,000 each to remove lead contamination found in their gardens dating back 200 years.

BBC News

Cardiff running out of burial space

Cardiff is to consider reusing graves as capital's cemeteries run out of space.

Wales Online 

Tell us what happened to cash for restoring landscape scarred by open-cast mining, demands Ogmore MP

A Welsh Labour MP is pressing the UK Government to reveal what happened to funds that were intended to support the restoration of the local landscape around the Parc Slip open-cast mine near Brigend.

Wales Online

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Stephen Crabb to unveil proposals on fair funding for Wales as part of major package of powers

UK Government is expected to announce that the Welsh government will take on responsibility for onshore oil and gas regulation – including fracking – as well as planning powers over electricity generation projects up to 350 megawatts in capacity. The move comes under further devolution proposals due to be announced today (27 February). 

Wales Online

Swansea joins Cardiff and Newport in plans for its own convention centre

Swansea council officials have confirmed that discussions about the prospect of a 10,000-seat indoor arena in the city are currently being held.

Wales Online