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Wales round-up: Welsh Government under fire, solar park

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 20- 26 September, 2014

Welsh Government under fire over EZ performance figures

The Information Commissioner’s Office has confirmed that it is considering a complaint from Plaid Cmyru over allegations that the Welsh Government refused Freedom of Information requests to provide a breakdown of jobs created and retained in each of the devolved administration’s seven enterprise zones.

The Planner

Why describing an area as leafy may not mean what you think... the results of Wales' first survey of urban trees are in

Towns in the South Wales Valleys have the most tree cover in Wales with Swansea beating Cardiff in the canopy stakes, a pioneering study has highlighted.

Wales Online 

Conwy council gives merger with Denbighshire an 'amber light'

Conwy council has voted to open talks with Denbighshire council over a possible voluntary merger.

BBC News 

Welsh Government

Caernarfon solar park near coast gets go ahead

Plans for a 15 megawatt solar park on 30 hectares of farmland on the outskirts of Caernarfon have been given the go ahead by Gwynedd Council.

BBC News 

Sir Terry Matthews to lead Swansea Bay City Region board

Economy minister Edwina Hart has appointed billionaire businessman Sir Terry Matthews as new chair of the Swansea Bay City Region board, replacing councillor David Phillips of Swansea City Council.

Welsh Government 

Glyn Rhonwy quarry lake: Project receives £3m

A proposed £100 million pumped-storage power plant scheme on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park has received £3 million funding to carry out exploratory work.

BBC News 

Springwatch hosts Kate Humble and Iolo Williams unite to oppose M4 relief road plans

Springwatch stars Kate Humble and Iolo Williams have spoken out against the Welsh government’s controversial plans for a £1 billion M4 relief road. The project will affect the Gwent Levels.

Wales Online

Cardiff's empty shops set to become thing of the past as number of vacant units tumbles

Cardiff's empty shops problem has begun to wane according to a new survey.

Wales Online 

Over £845,000 to regenerate Welsh high streets and town centres

Communities minister Lesley Griffiths, has announced £845,157 to boost twenty high streets and town centres across Wales.

Welsh Government 

Maps for walking and climbing unveiled for Wales

New revised maps have been unveiled by Natural Resources Wales that show where people can explore and enjoy the Welsh countryside.

Natural Resources Wales