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Wales round-up: Ambitious south-west Wales rail-testing facility makes waves; Spending watchdog slams Carmarthenshire planning department

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 7 August-13 August, 2021

Ambitious south-west Wales rail-testing facility makes waves

Ambitious proposals for a £150 million international rail testing facility on a former opencast mining site at the head of the Dulais and Swansea valleys are taking shape with planning approved and significant funding pledged by the Welsh and UK governments.

The Planner

Spending watchdog slams Carmarthenshire planning department

Carmarthenshire County Council’s planning department has been heavily criticised by the Welsh public expenditure watchdog in a report that highlights a significant backlog of both enforcement cases and planning applications – some dating back five years.

The Planner

Denbigh hotel and holiday lodge scheme back on track?

Stalled multimillion-pound plans for a 39-bedroom hotel and 89-holiday lodge development in Denbighshire should be back on track now that the county council has agreed to revisions to the scheme, proposed for a site near Denbigh, partly to do with phasing.

Wales Online

Anglesey solar park consultation

Low Carbon, the developer behind a 35-megawatt solar park on Anglesey, has begun public consultation on a revised version of the scheme earmarked for land near Llanfihangel yn Nhywyn and Bryngwran.

Wales Online

Cardiff printworks set for demolition

The city council has given the go-ahead for the demolition of the former Western Mail & Echo printworks in Cardiff at the Pacific Business Park in Splott, which is set to be replaced with 9,290 square metres of new industrial floor space.

Insider Media

Newtown energy-efficient flats

Powys County Council is canvassing views on its plan to build 32 energy-efficient flats on the site of the former Robert Owen House in Newtown.

Powys County Council

Tonypandy athletics field contest

Residents are campaigning to thwart plans to sell part of the Mid-Rhondda Athletic Field in Tonypandy for low-density, self-build housing by transforming the site into a community resource, including a café, outdoor theatre, heritage centre and picnic facilities.

Wales Online

New active travel route shapes for Swansea

Swansea City Council is working up proposals for a new 1.6-kilometre active travel route following the path of an old railway line between Grovesend and Pontarddulais.

Swansea City Council

Gwrych Castle TV makeover

Conwy County Borough Council has been asked to approve a number of temporary changes to grade I listed Gwrych Castle to assist filming later this year of the next series of ITV Studios’ I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

BBC News

Porth care home project

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has revealed proposals for a new 60-bed care home in Porth on the site of the former Dan y Mynydd Care Home, which is scheduled for demolition.

Wales Online

Developer Gavin Woodhouse probe

The Serious Fraud Office has confirmed that it is investigating the activities of property developer Gavin Woodhouse. The probe is focusing on investments in care homes and hotels, as well as unbuilt lodges at his proposed Afan Valley Adventure Resort in South Wales, now being progressed by a different applicant.


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