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Wales round-up: Tidal lagoon still has hurdles to clear, minister welcomes house building increase

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 6 June-12 June, 2015

World’s first tidal lagoon still has hurdles to clear 

History was made this week when UK ministers approved plans for what is proposed to be the world’s first tidal lagoon, a 320-megawatt power plant in Swansea Bay. The scheme was the subject of a successful application for a Development Consent Order (DCO). 

The Planner

House building increase welcomed by minister

Latest official statistics on Welsh house building show that during 2014-15 a total of 6,955 new homes were started, a rise of 20 per cent on the previous year and the highest annual number recorded since 2007-08.

Welsh Government

Welsh nuclear power station ‘responsible for elevated risk of cancer’, says academic

A Welsh nuclear power station may be responsible for elevated levels of cancer found in communities downwind of it, according to an academic paper written by an environmental scientist.

Wales Online

Cabinet agrees for Newport to progress with a City Deal

Newport City Council has formally confirmed it will work with other councils and the Welsh government on a City Deal for the greater Cardiff city region.

Newport City Council

Lottery cash backs £3m River Teme scheme

A multi-million pound plan to restore the River Teme – the source of which is in Powys – has been backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

BBC News

Ceredigion Joint Housing Land Availability Study 2014

The latest joint housing land availability study for Ceredigion County Council shows that the planning authority has 3.7 years’ supply of sites.

Welsh Government

South Wales Metro project could become a reality under Cardiff’s regional city deal, says Welsh Secretary

A new ‘city deal’ for Cardiff and the surrounding region could make the ambitious Metro transport project a reality, insists Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb.

Wales Online

Colwyn Bay Pier demolition plan gets go-ahead

Controversial plans to demolish the historic Colwyn Bay Pier have moved a step closer following a decision by Conwy County Borough Council.

Insider Media