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Wales round-up: £45m boost for housing in Cardiff Capital Region; Zero-carbon homes deal for North Wales

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 29 August-4 September, 2020

£45m boost for housing in Cardiff Capital Region

The local authorities involved in the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal have launched a new £45 million fund to help stimulate the housing market in areas where there has been little new residential development.

The Planner

Solar and wind set to be cheaper options for power generation by 2040

New solar and wind plants in the UK built in the next 20 years will be much cheaper than the government previously forecast.

The Planner

Wind sets power records in August

Wind power generation in the UK broke records in August by supplying nearly 60 per cent of the nation’s electricity on two occasions.

The Planner

Zero-carbon homes deal for North Wales

Proposals have been unveiled to build nearly 350 carbon-zero homes in North Wales after a five-year deal was clinched between social enterprise body Creative Enterprise and a company that has developed the Passivhaus-build system.

Insider Media

Swansea Boy’s Club makeover

A scheme to transform the old Swansea Boys' Club in Maryhill – which has become a magnet for break-ins and vandalism – into a residential development providing 23 flats has been submitted to the city council. 

Wales Online

Principality Stadium zip wire project

Proposals have been unveiled to install a stairway and zip wire on the roof of the Principality Stadium so that tourists can “experience the Cardiff skyline”.

Wales Online

Feathers fly over Tal y Bont poultry scheme

Proposals for a 110,000-bird poultry project at Tal y Bont, Ceredigion, have triggered a petition signed by 20,000 objectors and claims by charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that the birds would suffer “immensely” in what has been characterised as a “Welsh chicken prison”.

Wales Online

Porthmadog ‘peaking’ plant

Plans have been unveiled for a new ‘peaking’ power plant for a site at Ffordd  Penamser, Porthmadog, which would see a new five-megawatt fast response generation gas-fired scheme. Proposals for similar plants have already been submitted for sites in Holyhead and Caernarfon.

BBC News

Listed statue heads back to Welshpool home

A grade-II bronze statue of Icarus kept in storage for 25 years by Powys Council amid fears it could be sold overseas is set to return to its “rightful home” outside Leighton Hall, near Welshpool in Mid Wales now the property has a new owner.

BBC News

Cardiff shipping container office scheme proposed

A four-storey office block made up of shipping containers has been proposed for Cardiff’s popular Womanby Street. 

Wales Online

NDF set for publication in February 2021

A review of public consultation on the National Development Framework (NDF) (now known officially as Future Wales –The National Plan 2040) indicates it is now scheduled to be published in February 2021 following consultation in the Welsh Assembly Senedd this autumn.

Welsh Government