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Wales round-up: Welsh minister proposes regional planning service; Conwy Falls hydro power plan withdrawn

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 1 October - 7 October, 2016

Welsh minister proposes regional planning service

The Welsh Government has binned plans to force local authorities in Wales to merge but will require them to work together regionally to deliver key services like planning and economic development.

The Planner

Building in the right places is critical, Tory fringe event told

Planning plays a ‘critical’ role in creating places where homes are well connected to jobs, transport and infrastructure, speakers at an RTPI and Planning Portal fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference agreed.

The Planner

Solar produced more electricity than coal over last six months

The UK’s solar panels have generated more electricity than coal over the past six months, according to analysis by Carbon Brief.

The Planner

UK urgently needs 1.8 million new rental homes by 2025

Some 1.8 million new rental homes are needed urgently in the UK where the housing market is experiencing a sharp drop in the number of available properties to rent.

Property Wire

Conwy County Borough Council to challenge TAN 1

Conwy County Borough Council is canvassing support from other local authorities for its campaign for a Wales Audit Office review of the current regime of joint housing land availability studies and their effect local development plans. The North Wales planning authority argues that the system undermines the plans.

Conwy County Borough Council

Conwy Falls hydro power plan withdrawn

Controversial plans for a £12 million renewable energy project at a Conwy county waterfall beauty spot have been withdrawn.

BBC News

Wylfa Newydd pylon route published as consultation launched

A route map of the pylons which will transport power from Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey has been published for the first time as part of consultation on National Grid’s scheme.

BBC News

St Asaph flood protection: construction work due to start

A £7.5 million scheme to protect an area of St Asaph devastated by floods almost four years ago is set to start.

BBC News

Delay to public inquiry will not impact on M4 project completion date

The Welsh Government has announced the scheduled November start of the public inquiry into the proposed new stretch of the M4 around Newport will be delayed until March next year because the UK government has introduced revised methodology for growth forecasting.

Welsh Government

Consultation launched on pollution

The administration is consulting on proposed changes to the way local authorities and other public bodies in Wales manage air and noise pollution.

Welsh Government

£15m revamp of Swansea's Park Tawe gets green light

The owners of a largely empty retail park in Swansea have received the green light to spend £15 million revamping it.

BBC News

Resilience of Wales’s natural resources is vital for a better life

Investing in natural resources and making our ecosystems more resilient is vital to provide a better life for people and wildlife, according to a landmark report published this week by Natural Resources Wales.

Natural Resources Wales

Charity objects to the creation of student flats in a Cardiff suburb

The Woodland Trust Coed Cadw has raised objections to the development of student flats by Cardiff Metropolitan University at their Cyncoed campus saying it could damage Queens Wood.

Wales Online

'Dylan Thomas pub' in New Quay to become accommodation

An old drinking haunt of poet Dylan Thomas faces closure according to locals who have launched a petition calling on the brewery to scrap its plan to shut the pub and replace it with flats.

BBC News

Plans for healing retreat submitted

Plans for a giant dome housing an enterprise centre and retreat for sound healing have been submitted for a site near Bangor.

Daily Post

Former pub bought by community to be converted into shops

Campaigners fighting to save the Grade II listed Corn Exchange pub in Crickhowell have called the decision to stop it from being turned into a supermarket as “a giant leap forward.”

Wales Online

Bridgend housing land availability study published

The latest joint housing land availability study for Bridgend County Borough Council shows a 5.1 years supply of sites.

Welsh Government

Proposed fund to boost city centre businesses

Initiatives to help fill empty shops in Newport’s High Street and Commercial Street are being considered by councillor John Richards, the city council's cabinet member for regeneration.

Newport City Council

Village green application to go to inquiry

A public inquiry is to take place into a village green application at the site of a proposed new primary school at Parc y Werin, Swansea.

City and County of Swansea