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Wales round-up: Welsh society boosted by public sector planning, says Griffiths; DCO application submitted for Wylfa Newydd

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 2 June-8 June 2018

Welsh society boosted by public sector planning, says Griffiths

The Welsh Government and RTPI Cymru have announced that the planning system directly contributed at least £2.35 billion to Welsh society in 2016/17.

The Planner

DCO application submitted for Wylfa Newydd

Horizon Nuclear Power has submitted a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) for its nuclear power station project Wylfa Newydd.

The Planner

UCO and GPDO consolidation looms

The Welsh Government has begun consultation on the potential consolidation of the Use Classes Order (UCO) and General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) regimes as well as changes to both.

The Planner 

Boost for rail infrastructure as new service provider named

Rail passengers in Wales are set to benefit from a £5 billion funding package for rail services, which will see existing stations modernised, four new ones developed in the capital, investment in the South Wales Metro and the introduction of so-called trams-trains on part of the network as joint venture KeolisAmey takes over the Wales and Borders rail service from Arriva Trains Wales. 

Wales Online

Swansea tidal lagoon sweetener

Wales's First Minister Carwyn Jones has offered £200 million to get the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon built, amid media speculation that the UK government is on the verge of pulling the plug on the project.

BBC News

Go-ahead for St Davids housing and hotel

Proposals to build a 63-bedroom Premier Inn and 70 new homes, 38 of which would be affordable, on the outskirts of St Davids have been approved by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s development management committee. 

Wales Online

A55 road layout in Conwy consultation 

Plans to improve the layout of the A55 in Conwy between Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr have been put out for consultation.

Welsh Government

Big barn makes waves

Revised proposals for a free-range chicken barn capable of holding 32,000 hens at Godre Garreg farm, Llangadog, in Carmarthenshire have moved a step a closer.

BBC News

Cardiff Bay dredge dump development

Natural Resources Wales has approved the monitoring plan for the disposal of dredged material from the Hinkley Point C power station development site in the Bristol Channel in Welsh waters off Cardiff Bay.

Natural Resources Wales

Pressure for direct Heathrow rail link
The UK Government is under pressure to deliver a rail link that would allow people from Wales to go straight to an expanded Heathrow Airport without first travelling to Paddington rail station. 
Wales Online