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Wales round-up: White Paper for local government reform, government backs calls to stop fracking

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 31 January-6 February, 2015

Big role for Welsh city regions in local government reform White Paper

Public services minister Leighton Andrews has launched a White Paper setting out proposals for the reform of local government. It reiterates the administration’s plan to cull the number of local authorities and highlights the importance of city regions - one based on Cardiff and south-east Wales and the other on the Swansea Bay area.

The Planner

Welsh Government backs calls to stop fracking

Welsh Government has pledged to do all it can to stop fracking in Wales until more is known about its safety, but rules out revised planning advice.

Wales Online

Technical Advice Note

Neil Hemington, chief planner at the Department for Natural Resources, has written to all chief planning officers about changes that have been made to Technical Advice Note (TAN1) on joint housing land availability studies (JHLAS). Meanwhile, the latest JHLAS for Monmouthshire and Merthyr Tydfil have just been published.

Welsh Government

Great Western Cities – creating a ‘Severn power-house’

The city councils of Bristol, Cardiff and Newport have joined together under the banner ‘Great Western Cities’, to define the priorities for powering the economy of the Severn region.

Cardiff City Council

South Hook plant: Pembrokeshire gas power plans on hold

Plans to build a power station at a Milford Haven gas storage plant are being mothballed by owners.

BBC News

Marketing Swansea city centre proposals to the world

Swansea Council has unveiled its outline proposals for the Civic Centre and St David's sites to leading property developers in London.

City and County of Swansea

Schools and roads to be considered as part of city-wide plan

Swansea Council has produced an update on the work it is doing on its Local Development Plan.

City and County of Swansea

Work to start on North Wales' largest strategic employment site

Work to kick-start the development of the largest strategic employment site in North Wales has been announced by first minister of Wales Carwyn Jones who confirmed his administration would fund and construct the main highway across the nearly 200 hectare Northern Gateway site at the Deeside Enterprise Zone.

Welsh Government

Review of Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales cash

The way money is lent to boost run-down areas of Wales is to be reviewed while investigations continue into the fund which previously did the job.

BBC News

Battling grandmother's Aberystwyth home to be demolished

Enid Jones, a grandmother who took a lone stand against the compulsory purchase order obtained by Ceredigion Council to enable a multi-million pound retail development in Aberystwyth sees her home demolished.

Wales Online

Planners reject builder's affordable homes plea

Planners reject builder's plea to throw out affordable homes quota in deprivation black spot at Holyhead, Anglesey.

Wales Online