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Wales round-up: Welsh ministers criticised over land sale loss, new Trawsfynydd nuclear reactor reports backed

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 11 July-17 July, 2015

Watchdog criticises ministers over land sale ‘loss’

The Welsh Government is embroiled in an embarrassing political row this week after the publication of a report by the country’s public spending watchdog, which suggested the taxpayer may have lost out on £15 million in the sale of government-owned land by the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW).

The Planner

Welsh Government to revolutionise rural communities

Plans to use more than £900 million to help transform rural Wales have been unveiled by deputy farming minister Rebecca Evans as part of a programme designed to revitalise communities, protect natural resources, tackle climate change and stimulate growth and create jobs across the country.

Welsh Government

Housing partnership programme to benefit Cardiff communities

Cardiff City Council’s Cabinet this week considered the final list of development sites earmarked for up to 1,500 new homes to be delivered through its housing partnership programme.

City of Cardiff Council

Welsh Government takes action to protect social housing

The Welsh Government has acted to protect the country’s social housing stock by halving the maximum discount available.

Welsh Government

New Trawsfynydd nuclear reactor reports backed

Union leaders at the Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in Gwynedd have welcomed suggestions a new smaller reactor should be located there. Two separate reports have suggested it could be an ideal site for a new small module reactor (SMR).

BBC News 

Opening up the great outdoors

Ministers are asking people for their views on how opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation can be improved.

Welsh Government 

Victory for ‘hobbit house’

A ‘hobbit-style’ roundhouse has been saved from demolition after its Pembrokeshire owners won their appeal.

Wales Online

Derelict Grade II listed Market Hall in Holyhead to be saved as Anglesey Council steps in

The derelict Grade II listed Market Hall in Holyhead is to be saved as Anglesey Council moves in with a compulsory purchase order.

Wales Online

Study into opening new Bow Street rail station

A study to consider opening a new railway station in Ceredigion is being funded by the Welsh government.

BBC News