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Wales round-up: Swansea Bay City Region Deal submitted to Welsh and UK governments; RICS calls for Welsh affordable housing taskforce

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 20 February-26 February, 2016

Swansea Bay City Region Deal submitted to Welsh and UK governments

The Swansea Bay City Region has submitted an ambitious 'Internet Coast' city deal bid worth in excess of £500 million over 20 years to the UK and Welsh governments.

The Planner

Fracking traffic would increase local air pollution, says study 

The traffic generated by fracking in the UK would increase air pollution at peak travel times, according to research conducted by Newcastle University.

The Planner

Hotel and luxury apartment plans revealed for the historic Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay

The historic Coal Exchange, a listed building in Cardiff Bay, is to be become a boutique hotel and private apartment development

Wales Online

Vattenfall withdraws 122.5MW wind farm

Swedish power company Vattenfall has withdrawn its proposed 122.5 megawatt Mynydd Lluest y Graig wind farm in Powys from the planning regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. The project had been registered for the pre-application stage of the NSIP process. The company blamed “recent changes to planning policy” for its move.


Houses in Multiple Occupation: Practice guidance published

The administration has published guidance that highlights good practice in the management and control of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) from across the UK and summarises the relevant legislation. Welsh planning authorities have just gained new powers over HMOs.

Welsh Government

First look at the South Wales Metro we could be using in the future

The government has produced a video that provides a glimpse of what the South Wales Metro initiative will look like for showing at a series of public exhibitions.

Wales Online

Lack of funding and leadership leaves Active Travel Act falling short of ambition, says National Assembly committee

A lack of dedicated funding and a lack of leadership from the Welsh Government mean the Active Travel Act has fallen short of its full potential, according to a National Assembly committee.

National Assembly for Wales

Newtown bypass route around Brimmon Oak agreed

Ministers have agreed to route a planned bypass around a 500-year-old oak tree in Powys after nearly 5,000 people signed a petition.

BBC News

RICS calls for Welsh affordable housing taskforce

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called for a taskforce to advise the incoming Welsh Government about how to increase affordable home building.

Inside Housing 

Work on £53m Newtown bypass to begin in March

Work on a £53 million road, aimed at easing congestion around Newtown, Powys will start in March, transport minister Edwina Hart has announced.

BBC News