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29/01/2016

Wales round-up: Welsh First Minister apologises after damning land-sale report; Cardiff council submit objection to plans to redevelop neighbouring council site

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 23 January-29 January, 2016

Welsh First Minister apologises after damning land sale report

The Welsh First Minister has apologised to Assembly Members after a report from the National Assembly for Wales Public Accounts Committee said taxpayers had lost tens of millions of pounds over the sale of publicly owned land.

The Planner

House building grew in 2015 – NHBC

The number of homes registered to be built in the UK in 2015 topped 156,000, according to figures released by the National House Building Council (NHBC).

The Planner

Cities and Local Government Devolution Act receives Royal Assent

As the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act receives Royal Assent, new laws will see powers devolved to cities and regions.

The Planner

Growth forecast for UK construction

The Construction Industry Training Board is calling for more apprentices as it releases new figures on 27 January that forecast an average annual growth of 2.5 per cent for the next five years.

The Planner

Cardiff council submit objection to plans to redevelop neighbouring council site

Cardiff City Council has raised traffic and environmental objections over plans to redevelop Ely brickworks, which neighbouring planning authority the Vale of Glamorgan Council will determine.

Wales Online

Baroness Randerson to lead review of heritage services in Wales

Deputy culture, sport and tourism minister Ken Skates has announced the appointment of Baroness Jennifer Randerson to lead a review of heritage services in Wales.

Welsh Government 

Strong construction growth predicted to create 27,000 jobs

Construction in Wales will grow at nearly three times the UK average in the next five years, a study has shown.

BBC News

Why the oil price crash may have killed off fracking in Wales for decades

The oil price crash may have killed off fracking in Wales for decades, energy experts have argued.

Wales Online

New programme to support local renewable energy schemes launched

A new service to help social enterprises and SMEs across Wales develop their own renewable energy schemes has been launched by planning and natural resources minister Carl Sargeant.

Welsh Government

Council appoints new interim chief executive

Phil Roberts, Swansea City Council’s corporate director of place - whose responsibilities include economic regeneration and planning - will become the authority’s interim chief executive in May.

City and County of Swansea 

Thousands of new homes given go-ahead in Cardiff

Councillors formally approved the Cardiff Local Development Plan (LDP) this week.

Wales Online

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