Monthly Archives: October 2014

Grow Wild Flagship Offer

If you fancy getting your hands on £120,000 to grow wildflowers Grow Wild is awarding this amount of funding to a Wales flagship site, one of four across each of the UK’s countries, that bring people together to create an inspiring and exciting communal space by growing native plants.   The Wales’ flagship site will:

·         be fun and innovative, with activities to reach a mass audience through partnerships with nearby community groups

·         tell a local story that resonates locally, regionally and nationally, with the potential to be replicated in other communities

To find out what a Grow Wild Flagship is all about go to and  Expressions of interest are due by 2 February 2015.

Workshops for Groups

GAVO and MCC are holding free workshops for those in community groups, or interested in getting involved, who want to know more about setting up a charity or a social enterprise, the responsibilities of trustees, etc.   They are at Caldicot on the afternoon of Tuesday, 28 October, and at Abergavenny on the evening of Wednesday, 29 October.   To book or for more information please contact Deserie Mansfield on 01633 748311 or 07816066046 or or Joanne Gillard at

Woodland Courses

Groups and individuals interested in woodland management may be interested in Focus on Forestry First courses to be run at Blaen Bran in Pontypool in November.   For information please call FREEPHONE 0808 178 2757 or email:

Planning Bill Introduced

The Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant AM, has introduced the Planning (Wales) Bill to the National Assembly for Wales. The Bill is key to helping to deliver fairer, enabling and resilient planning services for the people and communities of Wales. For details go to  Information about the evidence base can be found on the Welsh Government’s Planning website. The Bill could receive Royal Assent in the summer of 2015.  There are also a number of related consultations that may be found on the Welsh Government’s consultation pages at  Responses to the consultation papers are invited by 16 January 2015

A separate consultation on the Local Development Plan process can be found at with a deadline of 2 January 2015.

Former Ministers Against M4 Decision

Former Environment Ministers John Griffiths and Alun Davies have now criticised Edwina Hart’s decision to go ahead with the M4 ‘black route’.  The Government has said that construction will not begin before the 2016 Assembly election.

Supplementary Planning Guidance

Having adopted their Local Development Plan, Monmouthshire CC now has to prepare a range of Supplementary Planning Guidance to add policy detail.  Planning Committee on 7 October is asked to endorse a programme of work on matters including Affordable Housing, the Community Infrastructure Levy, Green Infrastructure, Landscape, Renewable Energy, Retailing and Conservation Area Appraisals.

Solar Farms

Newport City Council has refused a 35 acre solar farm near Llanmartin, while another near Shirenewton is recommended for approval by Monmouthshire CC on 7 October.  MCC has now approved three solar farms and refused one – at Llanvapley, the subject of a recent appeal hearing.


Monmouthshire recycled, reused or composted 61% of its domestic waste in the first three months of 2014, compared with 52% a year earlier – well on the way to the 70% target for 2025.  New collection arrangements helped their recycling and waste team to be named the best in the UK, but the Welsh Government and the EU are expecting more domestic separation, rather than the current co-mingling, to improve the quality of the collected material.