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Wales round-up: Welsh minister hails key new natural resources legislation; New development management procedures

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 30 January-5 February, 2016

Welsh minister hails key new natural resources legislation

What Welsh ministers are claiming as “world-leading legislation” to tackle climate change and manage the country’s natural resources better has been passed by the National Assembly for Wales.

The Planner 

RTPI announces finalists for planning awards

More than 60 projects and people have been announced as finalists for the RTPI’s 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

New development management procedures

The government’s chief planner Neil Hemington has written to all the country’s chief planning officers proving guidance on the slew of changes to the development management system due to come into force on 16 March.

Welsh Government

Welsh school plan for Newport refused over flood fears

Plans for Newport's first Welsh language secondary school have been refused because of flooding fears.

BBC News

Restoring South Wales wetland to help people and wildlife

Natural Resources Wales has started a two-year monitoring programme of a large wetland area in Abercregan as part of a rejuvenation project.

Natural Resources Wales

Deal agreed over Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Power firm

A deal to take a multi-million pound stake in the company behind the proposed £1 billion Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project has been signed.

BBC News

£1bn biomass plant to bring 1,700 jobs to Anglesey

Work is set to start on a £1 billion combined food and power plant on Anglesey, which will create more than 1,700 jobs.

BBC News

Petition handover – Trees in Towns

A petition calling for more trees in towns has been handed over to the National Assembly's Petitions Committee.

National Assembly for Wales

Consultation for National Development Framework begins

The administration has begun consulting on the first stage of preparing the new national land-use development plan, the so-called National Development Framework.

Welsh Government

A55 improvement works accelerated and £1.9m Tal-y-bont scheme to go ahead this spring

Advanced drainage improvement works are being accelerated on the A55 to help reduce the risk of flooding on the carriageway, First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced.

Welsh Government

Controversial Cwmgwili waste plant plans rejected

Plans for a controversial energy-from-waste plant deploying pyrolysis technology have been unanimously rejected by Carmarthenshire councilors.

BBC News

Welsh market town at centre of Crown Estate claim to minerals beneath its homes

Around 1,300 home owners in and around Pwllheli have been sent letters saying The Crown Estate has applied to register the ownership of mines and minerals beneath their houses.

Wales Online