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Wales round-up: Welsh minister calls for rail infrastructure powers; DAS guidance published in Wales

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 22 July-28 July, 2017

Welsh minister calls for rail infrastructure powers

Proposals for powers over rail infrastructure to be devolved to Welsh ministers should be expedited, economy secretary Ken Skates has insisted.

The Planner

RTPI announces 2017 research awards shortlist

The RTPI has published the shortlist for the 2017 Awards for Research Excellence, with 17 research projects competing across five categories.

The Planner

DAS guidance published in Wales

The Welsh Government has written to planners and other interested parties in Wales informing them that a guide on design and access statements has been published online.

The Planner

Brexit will hit southern UK cities hardest – report

Cities that are successful and have large high-skilled service sectors, mainly located in the south of England, will be hit the hardest by Brexit, whether it is ‘hard’ or ‘soft’.

The Planner

Leading role for local authorities in UK plan to improve air quality

The UK Government has published its plan to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations and improve air quality, giving local authorities a leading role.

The Planner

UK minister calls for urgent progress on rural Wales’s mobile ‘not spots’

Wales Office minister Guto Bebb has renewed his call to the devolved administration to instigate mobile phone mast planning reforms.

UK Government

Ambition for Welsh forestry needed

The Welsh Government should ‘urgently rethink’ its woodland strategy and aim to significantly increase planting rates, according to a National Assembly committee. 

National Assembly for Wales

Wrexham £300m gas power station given go-ahead

UK industry and business secretary Greg Clark has approved the development consent order for a £300 million, 299 megawatt gas-fired power station project earmarked for a site on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, North Wales.

BBC News

£200m mineral reserves under Welsh mountain

Mining could return to Parys Mountain on Anglesey after a report indicated that there were metal reserves there worth over £210 million.

Wales Online

Emergency services mobile communication

The administration has written to chief planning officers about the next generation communication system for the three emergency services involving the Extended Area Sites regime.

Welsh Government

Plans for Cardiff’s new bus station in disarray

Plans for Cardiff’s new state-of-the-art bus station have been thrown into disarray now the developers behind the long awaited multimillion-pound scheme in the capital’s city centre have said the project cannot go ahead in its current form.

Wales Online

Police station set for demolition to make way for flats

The former police station in Port Talbot is set to be demolished to make way for a new residential development.

Insider Media

5,000 people sign petition opposing Iron Ring sculpture

More than 5,000 people have signed a petition opposing a sculpture planned for Flint Castle, saying it celebrates the ‘subjugation and oppression’ of the Welsh people.

Wales Online

£370m tourism boost for Carmarthenshire

The value of tourism to Carmarthenshire has grown to £370 million a year, according to newly released data.

Insider Media

BT started building a phone mast in Aberdare without planning permission

Telecom giant BT has left locals in Aberdare baffled after it started work on a phone mast – despite being refused planning permission from the council.

Wales Online

Swansea student accommodation recommended for approval

Swansea City Council planners have recommended approval for a 14-storey student accommodation scheme earmarked for a city centre site.

Wales Online