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Wales round-up: AM’s report highlights ineffective planning regime; Major new Cardiff city centre scheme proposed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news: 27 June-3 July, 2020

AM’s report highlights ineffective planning regime in Wales

Parts of the planning system in Wales are ineffective, fail to connect with communities and are weak on enforcement, AMs on the Welsh Assembly Senedd’s Public Accounts Committee have concluded.

The Planner

Major new Cardiff city centre scheme proposed

Proposals for a new £85 million residential quarter providing at least 400 flats in the heart of the capital have been submitted to Cardiff City Council.

The Planner

Dismantling planning system will lead to failure of ‘build, build, build’ agenda, warns RTPI CEO

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has written an open letter in response to government statements made this week in relation to the profession. Here’s the full text of her letter.

The Planner

Planner Live Online: Health considerations must drive post-Covid planning, say experts

A comprehensive rethink of the principles that drive planning will be necessary if we are to create healthier neighbourhoods, towns and cities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Planner

Planner Live Online: Local control over transport spending will accelerate a green recovery

Local authorities should not have to be competing for small pots of ring-fenced money within a fragmented transport funding landscape.

The Planner

Starmer calls for ‘new relationship’ between central and local government

Town halls should be given the powers to lead the response to coronavirus crisis and the rebuilding of the nation’s economy, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer told a virtual audience at the Local Government Association’s Annual Conference.

The Planner

Johnson outlines ‘new deal’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “new deal” will see funding brought forward to accelerate infrastructure projects in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

The Planner  

Latest on tidal power projects

A multimillion-pound tidal power project involving a 6.7 kilometre lagoon stretching from the breakwater at Mostyn to the Point of Ayr in Flintshire is being worked up by a subsidiary company of the Port of Mostyn. News of this development surfaced as the development consent order for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon expired and Swansea City Council leader Rob Stewart urged Welsh ministers to back proposals for an ‘energy island’ in Swansea Bay.

Wales Online and BBC News

More solar and battery storage schemes in prospect

EDF Renewables UK has formed a partnership with Octo Energy to identify and deliver hybrid solar and battery storage projects in Wales.  

EDF Renewables UK

Welshpool warehouse appeal

The owner of an outdoor toy warehouse near Welshpool is appealing after Powys County Council refused retrospective planning permission for the scheme, which had seen farm buildings demolished and replaced with an industrial storage facility. 

BBC News

Morriston solar farm objections

Wessex Solar Energy’s proposed nine-megawatt Afon Llan solar farm project, proposed for a site near Morriston, is meeting local opposition.

Wales Online

Pembrokeshire coastal fort moves

Plans have surfaced to turn Stack Rock, an abandoned grade II listed fort off the Pembrokeshire coast, into an activity centre.

Wales Online

Carmarthenshire ‘glamping’ proposal

A ‘glamping’ development involving 15 log pods on land at Llanmiloe House, a grade II listed country mansion between Laugharne and Pendine, Carmarthenshire, has been proposed.

Wales Online

Swansea visitor centre proposal

A new visitor centre is being planned for Swansea’s Penllergare Valley Woods, which would also involve a café and a car park.

Wales Online

New Swansea link road on the cards

Swansea City Council has confirmed that it is considering a new link road south of Fabian Way, which would connect to the SA1 development area and see the existing Baldwin’s Bridge replaced with a new transport interchange.

Swansea City Council

Caernarfon holiday village proposed

Maybrook Investments has lodged proposals with Gwynedd Council for a £60 million holiday village featuring a water park, 250 lodges and flats, shops, restaurants and bars at the old Ferodo factory site and nearby Plas Brereton on the banks of the Menai Strait, near Caernarfon.

BBC News