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Wales round-up: Task force to help boost South Wales Valleys; £4m for flood-hit communities

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 2 July-8 July, 2016

Task force to help boost South Wales Valleys

The Welsh Government announced this week that it is setting up a task force dedicated to improving standards of living and encouraging economic development in the South Wales Valleys.

The Planner

RTPI: Is planning reform heading in the right or wrong direction?

The RTPI is seeking the views of its members on the impact of recent planning reforms to the UK's planning systems and on their work.

The Planner

£4m for flood-hit communities in Wales

Lesley Griffiths, cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs, has announced almost £4 million of grant funding for flood alleviation schemes across Wales, including almost £1 million to protect the village of Tal-y-bont and the A55.

Welsh Government

FoE calls M4 Newport peak congestion figures ‘lies’

Friends of the Earth has accused the Welsh Government of over-stating the level of congestion on the M4 at peak times around Newport.

BBC News 

New eco-home manufacturing facility under way in Welshpool – a first for Wales

The construction of the first complete Passivhaus manufacturing facility in Wales is under way in Welshpool on a site purchased from the Welsh Government at Buttington Cross Enterprise Park.

Welsh Government

£3 million available for coastal communities in Wales

Regeneration projects in Wales are being urged to apply to the Coastal Communities Fund, which has £3.4 million available for projects drawn up by coastal communities.

Welsh Government

Two land availability studies published

Two more joint housing land availability studies have been published. Neath Port Talbot Borough Council has a five-year supply of sites while Denbighshire County Council could only point to a supply for only 2.02 years.

Welsh Government  

Cardiff businesses vote ‘yes’ to a Business Improvement District

Cardiff businesses have voted in favour of setting up a Business Improvement District for the city centre.

City of Cardiff Council 

Record number of homes built in Newport

More than 900 new homes were built in Newport in 2015/16 – the largest number of completions in over 25 years.

Newport City Council

New commission tasked to get biggest economic return from £1.2bn city deal

The independent commission established to provide a strategy that maximises the economic impact of the £1.2 billion city deal for the Cardiff Capital Region has announced that its work programme for the summer and autumn will include a detailed economic analysis of the city-region.

Wales Online

Holyhead Town Council acted unlawfully, Auditor General says

A town council on Anglesey has been acting unlawfully in the way it handles small-scale planning applications, concludes a report by the Auditor General for Wales.

BBC News 

Cardiff Coal Exchange plan unacceptable - Victorian Society

The Victorian Society, an influential conservation group, has “strongly objected” to plans to convert Cardiff's historic Coal Exchange into a hotel.

BBC News

University of South Wales contributes more than £1bn to the economy, finds study

A Welsh university group contributed more than £1 billion to the economy of the UK last year, reveals a report published this week.

Wales Online

Heritage group calls plan for Bangor’s old post office ‘hideous’

Plans to turn a former post office in Bangor into more than 100 flats and a café have been dubbed “hideous” by a civic society.

Wales Online

Leading incubator for business start-ups to expand

Welsh ICE, one of the country’s leading incubators for start-up firms, has confirmed a major expansion at Caerphilly Business Park in a £1 million deal.

Wales Online