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Wales round-up: Swansea Bay tidal lagoon negotiations, Bill to shape future set to become law

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 14 March - 20 March, 2015

Swansea tidal lagoon makes waves

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed in his Budget that negotiations are underway in earnest on proposals for a £1 billion tidal lagoon project for Swansea Bay, which could be the first of six similar green power facilities. 

The Planner

Bill to shape Wales’ future for next generation set to become law

Ground breaking legislation - the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill - which puts Wales at the forefront of sustainable development, according to ministers, has been passed by the National Assembly.

Welsh Government 

Redevelopment plans for Aberystwyth Town's ground trigger controversy in Ceredigion

Revised proposals to redevelop the home of Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town have met objections from Ceredigion Council planning officials over flooding issues.

Wales Online

Mold and Connah's Quay sites selected for council homes plans

More potential development sites have been identified as Flintshire council looks to build 500 new homes, including 200 council houses, over the next five years.

BBC News 

Glastir scheme needs to do more to enhance our natural environment, says National Assembly report

The National Assembly for Wales' Public Accounts Committee has made a number of recommendations to help the Glastir scheme enable farmers to improve the environment.

National Assembly for Wales

Homes potential prompts Pontarddulais schools debate

The prospect of hundreds of new homes being built in the Swansea community of Pontarddulais has prompted discussions about a new school.

City and County of Swansea

Ffos-y-fran opencast mine considered by European Commission

The European Commission is to seek more answers from both the UK and Welsh governments about the environmental impacts of the huge Ffos-y-fran opencast mine near Merthyr Tydfil.

BBC News

'The solution for the Valleys isn't clearing their residents out' - Leanne Wood's passionate defence of her home

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood makes a passionate rebuttal of Welsh architect Jonathan Adams’ suggestion on a TV programme that the northern reaches of the Valleys should be cleared and turned into a national park.

Wales Online