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Wales: Hunt is on for location for major new studio complex; Campaigners set to fight 600-home plan

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 5 November - 11 November, 2016

Hunt is on for location for major new studio complex in Wales

Film and TV production company Bad Wolf is currently looking at a number of sites in South Wales for a major new 18,580 square metre studio facility.

The Planner

RTPI: Greenfield and green belts can help provide homes

Greenfield sites in England, including green belt sites, need to be considered alongside brownfield land as locations for new housing, the RTPI has said.

The Planner

Technology puts power of strategic planning in focus, says Professor Michael Batty

Professor Michael Batty has said that the use of technology tools, and how they explain the potential impact on large infrastructure projects, will make calls for more strategic planning difficult to ignore.

The Planner

Enterprise zone for South Wales valleys urged

A new enterprise zone across the whole of the south Wales valleys has been recommended by two think-tanks in a report proposing a strategy for alleviating poverty.

BBC News

Campaigners set to fight 600-home plan 

Campaigners who successfully protested against Caerphilly Borough Council’s draft local development plan housing location proposals are now fighting a developer’s plans for a 618-home development in the town.

Wales Online

Cardiff MP raises residents' concerns over controversial plans for mosque

Cardiff MP Kevin Brennan has intervened over controversial plans to build a mosque in a busy area of the city.

Wales Online

Planners produce virtual model of town

The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has a developed a virtual model of the border town of Hay-on-Wye using online game Minecraft as part of a community initiative to produce a plan for the town’s development. 

Brecon Beacons National Park

Flats proposal approved in Cardiff

The Wharf on Schooner Way, a former pub site in Cardiff, has been approved by the city council to be turned into 180 flats and houses.

Wales Online

Plans for 650-flat student accommodation approved

Plans for a huge 650-flat student accommodation scheme known as Glossop Hall on the site of the east wing of the Cardiff Royal Infirmary has been given the go-ahead by the city council.

Wales Online

Redevelopment of abandoned Victorian asylum in Denbigh backed by planners

The £11 million redevelopment of an abandoned Victorian asylum in Denbigh has been backed by planning officials.

Wales Online

Wrexham's Minera Quarry could be 'spectacular reserve'

A disused quarry near Wrexham looks set to be taken over by the North Wales Wildlife Trust to create a "spectacular" nature reserve.

BBC News

New superfast broadband drive to ensure 100% coverage

Up to £80 million is planned to be invested in the next superfast broadband scheme to help ensure every property in Wales is able to access fast reliable broadband by 2020, the government announced this week.

BBC News

Operator sought for planned Swansea arena

A planned 3,500-seater indoor arena for Swansea has moved closer to climbing off the drawing now the city council has begun looking for a firm to run it.

BBC News

Celtic Manor Resort to get new adrenaline fuelled attraction

Adrenaline-fuelled specialist Zip World, has chosen the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport for its first project outside of North Wales.

Wales Online

Questions raised over price for three-bed homes

Questions have been raised over whether Carmarthenshire Council is set to charge too much for new three bedroom homes.

South Wales Evening Post

Changes to appeal timings come into force
Changes to appeal timings for EIA developments came into force this week courtesy of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016.