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Wales round-up: Welsh planning authorities face being cut, First Minister says North Wales is major energy player

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 13 June-19 June, 2015

14 Welsh planning authorities face the chop

Public service minister Leighton Andrews’ proposals for the future shape of local government in Wales have been published.

The Planner

North Wales is major energy player, says First Minister

North Wales is a major energy player, Wales’s first minister Carwyn Jones insisted, as the official opening took place of Gwynt y Môr, the world’s second largest offshore wind farm. The 160-turbine 576 megawatt scheme is in Liverpool Bay.

Welsh Government

Development Management quarterly survey released

The administration has published the latest quarterly survey of local planning authority development management services, which monitors the speed and quality of planning decisions.

Welsh Government

Communities First ‘disproportionate’ salary costs criticised

Money to help the poorest communities in Wales is being spent on “shiny new offices” and staff costs instead of improving lives, say Conservative politicians as they urged the public spending watchdog to review the government’s Communities First programme.

BBC News

Decision due on Swansea's solar panels pilot project

Solar panels could generate up to half the energy for public property in Swansea if a pilot project involving schools and civic buildings proves a winner.

BBC News

New £11.5m Ebbw Vale Town Station officially opened

First minister Carwyn Jones has officially opened the new Welsh Government funded £11.5 million Ebbw Vale Town Station and railway track improvements.

Welsh Government

Plans for permanent gypsy site in Gwynedd rejected

Plans for a permanent gypsy site in Gwynedd have been rejected after councillors agreed the scheme represented an over-development of the site.

BBC News

Young Planners' Conference 2015 tickets on sale

This year's event, on the theme of 'Planning for successul places' will take place in Southampton from 9-10 October.


Seven experts contribute to RTPI publication on devolution

Following the RTPI’s Symposium on Governance in April, a range of critical perspectives have been compiled in Critical Perspectives On Devolved Governance to encourage continued discussion on governance issues.