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21/10/2016

Wales round-up: Welsh infrastructure commission takes shape; Welsh housing budget to help provide 20,000 homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 15 October-21 October, 2016

Welsh infrastructure commission takes shape

The Welsh Government has begun consulting on establishing a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales.

The Planner

Welsh housing budget to help provide 20,000 homes

Welsh communities secretary Carl Sargeant has said the ‘strong’ budget will help the Welsh Government meet its target to deliver an extra 20,000 affordable homes during this government’s term.

The Planner

Young Planners' Conference round-up

Read our selection of stories touching on some of the key issues and highlights from this year's Young Planners’ Conference held in Belfast on 14-15 October.

The Planner

Habitat III: Built environment groups launch advisory group for humanitarian action

The RTPI, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Institution of Structural Engineers have joined together to form the UK’s first advisory group on built environment issues within a global humanitarian context.

The Planner

Wales ‘lacks plan’ to tackle climate change – campaigners

Wales lacks a “clear action plan” to cut carbon emissions with key targets set to be missed, claim green groups.

BBC News

New financial plan for Circuit of Wales project reduces Welsh Government underwriting 

Private banking firm Kleinwort Benson has joined the team behind the now £425 million Circuit of Wales project at Ebbw Vale. It will help secure more debt finance for the proposals.

Wales Online

Circuit of Wales: £7m bill questioned by Conservatives

Conservative politicians have raised questions over why a £7 million bill owed by the company behind the scheme was paid by the Welsh Government.

BBC News 

Flintshire councillors call for road and rail investment

Flintshire County Council members have endorsed a “growth vision’ for North Wales which is seeking UK and Welsh Government money to create at least 120,000 jobs for the region by 2035.

BBC News

£300k for Aberystwyth-Carmarthen railway line study

A feasibility study into reopening a railway line between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen has been allocated £300,000 in the Welsh Government’s budget.

BBC News

Making tracks for partnership

Communities in Wales should benefit from reduced flood risk and better rail links, thanks to a new agreement between Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Network Rail Wales.

Natural Resources Wales

Cinema and restaurant attraction planned for Haverfordwest

Plans to transform part of Pembrokeshire's county town of Haverfordwest have been unveiled.

BBC News

100-metre turbines arrive at Swansea community wind farm

A pair of 100-metre high turbines have been delivered to a community wind farm following 18 years of campaigning for a co-operative wind farm project some 20 miles north of Swansea.

BBC News

'Grand Designs' development gets go-ahead

Plans to convert a reservoir water tank into a single five-bedroom dwelling have been given the go-ahead by Caerphilly County Borough Council.

South Wales Argus

Owner refused permisson for extension after the first collapsed 

The millionaire owner of a £1 million home in Penarth that collapsed during work to install an extensive basement has been refused permission to build a new seven-bedroom house on the site.

Wales Online

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