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Wales round-up: Welsh ministers propose to outlaw future fracking for shale gas; Forced council mergers ditched

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 2 July-6 July, 2018

Welsh ministers propose to outlaw future fracking for shale gas

Welsh Government proposals to refuse support for any new licensing of petroleum extraction in Wales, including fracking for shale gas, have been published for consultation.

The Planner

£420m to be invested in smart construction

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark has announced a partnership between the government and the construction industry that includes a £420 million investment in ‘bytes and mortar smart construction’.

The Planner

Forced council mergers ditched

A Welsh Government spokesperson has confirmed that following opposition to the prospect of a halving of the number of planning authorities and forced council mergers, Alun Davies, the Cabinet Secretary for Public Services, has withdrawn the map showing possible local government reorganisation and insisted that any mergers should be voluntary.

Wales Online

Caerphilly mixed-use scheme contract

Economy secretary Ken Skates has confirmed that following the granting of outline planning permission for a mixed-use development of 200 new homes and more than 6,000 square metres of new employment space at Ty Du, in Nelson, Caerphilly, the Welsh government has awarded a contract for the construction of key roads and services funded by £4 million of investment from the administration including £2.5 million of EU funds.  

Welsh Government

Approval for Newport tower transformation

Plans to transform Newport’s tallest building into a four-star hotel, along with new space for businesses and retailers, have been given the go-ahead by the city council.

Wales Online

Surf Snowdonia expansion proposals

Surf Snowdonia has unveiled plans for a multimillion-pound expansion which includes the addition of a 106-bedroom hotel with spa and would involve a new indoor adventure attraction.

Wales Online

Llanelli LDO progress

Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board has approved a recommendation to submit proposals for a local development order covering Llanelli town centre.

Wales Online

MPs urge rethink on rail electrification

MPs on the Commons Transport Committee have urged the UK government to reconsider scrapping electrification of the main railway line between Cardiff and Swansea in a report critical of rail investment in different parts of the UK.

UK Parliament

Landslip ruling challenge fails

Two people have been refused permission to challenge a decision by Neath Port Talbot Council to evacuate them from their homes in Ystalyfera, an area that is a hotspot for landslips.

BBC News