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Wales round-up: Swansea’s Fabian Way corridor draft masterplan under consideration; New law must do more to protect Welsh environment

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 10-16 October, 2015

Swansea’s Fabian Way corridor draft master plan under consideration

Swansea City Council and Neath Port Talbot Council have prepared a joint draft master plan designed to provide a more integrated approach to planning along the so-called Fabian Way corridor.

The Planner

New law must do more to protect the Welsh environment

The National Assembly's Environment and Sustainability Committee has called for the Environment (Wales) Bill to be strengthened with extra provisions for the protection of biodiversity, and to ensure that progress can be measured.

National Assembly for Wales

Senior civil servant admits Cardiff land should not be sold in RIFW deal

A senior civil servant has conceded that a 50-hectare farmland site in Cardiff should not have been included in a multimillion-pound deal to sell swathes of publicly owned land. The site, which is near Lisvane and is now earmarked for thousands of homes, was sold for £1.2 million as part of a package of land by the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW) in 2012. The Welsh Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee is probing the deal to see whether it was value for money.

Wales Online

23-storey apartment building in Cardiff city centre approved

Planners have approved a 23-storey complex in central Cardiff’s Butetown that will provide 180 flats as well as office and retail floor space.

Wales Online

Aerial images show ‘interesting’ human impact on Wales

The human impact on Wales’s landscape has been revealed through a series of aerial images.

BBC News

Online tool lists historic Welsh sites in emulation of London Underground map

Historic Welsh sites are listed in a new interactive online tool designed to resemble London Underground map.

Wales Online

Gwynedd Council Joint Housing Land Availability Study 2015

Two more joint housing land availability studies have been published for Gwynedd and the Snowdonia National Park. These show that the former has 3.3 years of housing land supply while the latter has seven years’ worth of sites.

Gwynedd Council

Should Cardiff greenbelt be protected from development?

Cardiff North AM Julie Morgan has launched a campaign to have a green belt to the north of the city included in Cardiff's local development plan.

Wales Online

Bear Grylls’ Welsh island slipway plan given go-ahead

Adventurer Bear Grylls has been given permission to build a 129 ft slipway on his own Welsh island by Gwynedd Council planners.

Wales Online