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Plans approved for 500-home Newport steelworks redevelopment

Plans approved for 500-home Newport steelworks redevelopment

A Welsh council has approved plans for more than 500 homes on a former steelworks site after planners concluded that negative transport impacts could be mitigated.

Why housing land supply in Wales is deteriorating

Why housing land supply in Wales is deteriorating

The supply of readily developable housing land in Wales declined between 2015 and 2016, with nearly four-fifths of local planning authorities last year unable to meet the requirement to demonstrate five years' supply. Emerging data for 2017 shows little improvement.

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How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

A Swansea regeneration project was one of the first large schemes that had to abide by new Welsh government consultation requirements, John Geoghegan reports.

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

Major energy projects in Wales will soon benefit from a simplification of the planning regime following the devolution of powers from Westminster.

What forthcoming changes to the EIA process will mean for planners

What forthcoming changes to the EIA process will mean for planners

The Scottish and Welsh governments have launched consultations on plans to bring their systems into line with a new EIA directive, but details on how the rules will change in England remain unclear.

Why Welsh Assembly results may delay planning reforms

Why Welsh Assembly results may delay planning reforms

The Welsh Assembly elections have raised concerns that implementation of the principality's recent planning legislation could be more protracted than expected.


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