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Wales round-up: Welsh draft NDF published; Major changes to infrastructure consenting proposed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 28 April-4 May, 2018

Welsh draft National Development Framework published 

Consultation has begun on the first draft of the Welsh Government’s National Development Framework.

The Planner

Major changes to infrastructure consenting proposed

The devolved administration has proposed a raft of changes to the consenting regime for infrastructure projects.

The Planner

Port Talbot is dirtiest town

A new report by the World Health Organization has identified 31 areas in the UK with unsafe air pollution, with the Welsh steelworks town Port Talbot the worst.

BBC News

Swansea quarry homes allowed on appeal

Edenstone Homes and SI Green UK have won an appeal over a 300-home development in a former quarry originally rejected by Swansea Council against the advice of officers.

Wales Online

Holyhead projects

Two Holyhead projects have benefited from £4.7 million funding from the Welsh Government and European Union, which will see the construction of new business units in Penrhos and the reconstruction of the ports historic Market Hall.

Welsh Government

Thumbs down for opencast mines

New applications for opencast coal mining developments in Wales appear unlikely to be successful under proposed changes to planning policy, according to a report by the National Assembly’s Petitions Committee.

Welsh Assembly

Newport bridge backing

Newport City Council has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair and revamp the iconic Newport Transporter Bridge.

Newport City Council

Neath station poll concerns

A petition that highlights concerns over the potential removal of Neath station from the main railway line to London has attracted more than 6,000 signatures in two days.

Wales Online

Power line for third Menai crossing?

A feasibility study has been announced to investigate whether a vital electricity transmission connection project could be carried on the proposed third Menai crossing.

Welsh Government

Civil servant hub for Pontypridd

A new headquarters for the Department for Works and Pension in South Wales, which will employ 1,700, is earmarked for a new building at Nantgarw on the Treforest Industrial Estate near Pontypridd.

Wales Online

Bridgend plans £2m pipe network to share cheap heat around town

A district heating network that could eventually lead to lower energy bills for residents is being planned for Bridgend town centre.

Wales Online

Flats planned for Barry office

Plans to convert a three-storey office block in Barry into 32 flats have been submitted to the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Insider Media

Plans put forward for Cardiff reservoir’s future

‘Water-based activities’, a cafe and visitors’ centre could be introduced on the site of a former reservoir in the capital once earmarked for a controversial 300-home development.

BBC News

Key Swansea Bay City Deal role for US business chief

American Edward Tomp, vice-president and general manager of Valero UK in Pembroke, is the preferred candidate to become chairman of the Swansea Bay City Deal economic strategy board.

Wales Online

£60m for walking and cycling schemes

The administration has announced it is investing £60 million over the next three years to create new active travel routes across Wales, connecting people’s homes to schools, jobs and their local community and encouraging walking and cycling.

Welsh Government