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Wales round-up: Welsh minister clarifies policy on locally owned energy projects; Budget boost for Cardiff and Swansea council housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 15 February-21 February, 2020

Welsh minister clarifies policy on locally owned energy projects

Environment minister Lesley Griffiths has reiterated the administration’s commitment to encouraging more locally owned energy generation in Wales.

The Planner

Work-shadowing scheme gives young planners taste of life at the top table

This year’s edition of the RTPI’s work-shadowing initiative has kicked off with two young planners gaining a valuable insight into the life of a chief planning officer.


Planning takes centre stage in UN sustainable development declaration

The vital role of planning and of built environment professionals in achieving sustainable urban development features prominently in a declaration signed at the conclusion of the recent UN World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi.


Budget boost for Cardiff and Swansea council housing

The latest annual budgets for Cardiff and Swansea city councils commit the former to spending £333 million on social housing, including new council homes while the latter has pledged £52.5 million to build new homes and improve others during 2020/21.

Cardiff City Council and Swansea City Council

£24m boost for affordable housing

The government has committed additional funding of £24 million for the provision of new affordable homes.

Welsh Government

5G boost for Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent

A so-called CoCore test bed trialling 5G technology will receive £5 million from the UK Government to fund trials connecting rural communities across Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent designed to demonstrate how the technology could open new opportunities for businesses and residents.

Wales Online

Bigger Bridgend Lidl distribution centre?

Discount retailer Lidl has confirmed proposals for a 6,503 square-metre expansion of its regional distribution centre in Bridgend.

Wales Online

Film studio project for converted Newport warehouse

Urban Myth Films has lodged proposals to convert an empty warehouse in Newport into a new film studio.

Wales Online

A465 dualling project later and over-budget

A project to create a dual carriageway on an 8 kilometre stretch of the A465 Heads of the Valley will cost taxpayers about £100 more than expected at the start of construction and be delivered nearly three years late, the government has admitted as a report from the Auditor General for Wales highlighted the technical and contractual problems dogging the scheme.

Welsh Government

Aldi store proposed for Newtown

Plans have been lodged with Powys County Council for an Aldi supermarket on the site of a former car dealership in Newtown.

Shropshire Star

Swansea solar farm expansion

An application has been submitted to Swansea City Council to increase the size of a proposed solar farm at the rear of Kilvey Hill from 13 to 19 hectares.

Wales Online

Newport solar initiative

A project that will see roof-mounted solar panels installed at some 21 council sites in Newport is now under way.

Wales Online