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20/07/2017

Wales round-up: Welsh minister clarifies aspects of mandatory regional planning regime; 150 homes to be developed on business park site

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 15 July-21 July, 2017

Welsh minister clarifies aspects of mandatory regional planning regime

Cabinet secretary for local government Mark Drakeford has confirmed further details of the promised legislation that will see mandatory regional working between Wales’s 22 councils on issues such as economic development, strategic land use planning and strategic transport.

The Planner

Labour force a key concern for transport industry in Brexit negotiations

The labour force and the aviation single market are among a number of key concerns for the transport industry as the UK negotiates Brexit.

The Planner

Government responds to Farmer Review

The government has issued its response to the Farmer Review, stating that the Construction Industry Council Training Board (CITB) should be retained, but that it should be reformed.

The Planner

150 homes to be developed on business park site

More than 150 houses are set to be developed on a site in Abergele, previously earmarked for a business park, following planning permission from Conwy County Borough Council.

Insider Media

Rail electrification to Swansea from Cardiff ditched by UK Government

Plans to electrify the Great Western Mainline from Cardiff to Swansea have been ditched by the UK Government but transport secretary Chris Grayling has backed plans for a Cardiff Parkway Station.

Wales Online

Housing project to generate own power submitted to council

Council proposals for a new housing development where the houses generate their own power have been formally submitted to Neath Port Talbot Council.

Wales Online

Aberystwyth’s Pantycelyn Welsh halls planning bid in

Aberystwyth University has submitted an application to redevelop its grade II listed Welsh language halls.

BBC News

Development Bank of Wales to get autumn launch

The pioneering Development Bank of Wales, the first of a kind in the UK, has been signed off by the administration and will be up and running this autumn with an extra £35 million of funding.

Wales Online

City deal decision paves way for semiconductor facility

A new compound semiconductor foundry is set to be created on the former LG factory site in Newport following a decision from the Cardiff Capital Region cabinet to set up a council-owned company to oversee the facility.

Insider Media

Green Flags awarded to 180 Welsh parks and green spaces

More than 180 parks and green spaces in Wales have now been given the Green Flag award, up from last year’s total of 161.

BBC News

Crowdfunding to turn church into climbing centre

A Pembrokeshire-based firm has set up a crowdfunding bid to raise £30,000 to turn a Carmarthen church into a climbing venue.

Wales Online

Council approves pub conversion plans

Plans to build homes in place of two iconic Cardiff pubs have been approved by councillors.

Wales Online

Plans to dismantle Colwyn Bay pier approved

Plans to dismantle the grade II-listed Victoria Pier in Colwyn Bay have been given the go-ahead by councillors.

BBC News

Rhyl water park plans approved

Proposals to build a water park as part of the regeneration of Rhyl waterfront have been given the green light.

BBC News

Work starts on Cwmbran's Llanfrechfa £350m hospital

Construction work has begun on a new £350 million hospital in Torfaen, near Cwmbran, 13 years after it was first proposed.

BBC News

Swansea ‘thrilled’ at 2021 UK City of Culture shortlisting

Swansea  has been shortlisted to become the UK’s City of Culture for 2021 alongside Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Sunderland, but a bid by St Davids in Pembrokeshire failed to make the cut.

BBC News

Warning after ancient Preseli Hills monuments damaged

Ancient rocks at a protected site in Pembrokeshire are being moved, damaged or stolen by visitors, conservations have warned.

BBC News

Newport selected for new £30m rail production facility

A site on the Celtic Business Park in Newport has been selected by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles as the location for a key rail rolling stock manufacturing facility.

Welsh Government

Enterprise zones in Wales have supported more than 10,000 jobs

The latest results from the Welsh Government’s Enterprise Zone Programme show that since its inception in 2012 more than 10,000 jobs have been supported and more than £300 million of investment secured from the public and private sectors.

Welsh Government

South Wales Valleys action plan for 7,000 new jobs

The South Wales Valleys has published an action plan that includes creating 7,000 jobs.

BBC News

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