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Wales round-up: AMs say jury’s out on EZ value for money; Review of housing delivery and planning unveiled

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 12 May-18 May, 2018

AMs say jury’s out on EZ value for money

Assembly Members (AMs) have complained that a lack of evidence has made it difficult for them to assess the contribution made to the Welsh economy by enterprize zones (EZs).

The Planner

Review of housing delivery and planning unveiled 

The Welsh Government is set to undertake a wide-ranging review of the delivery of housing through the planning system.

The Planner

Bluestone eyes-up Anglesey for luxury tourism scheme

Bluestone, the company behind the eponymous Pembrokeshire tourist facility, has revealed ambitious plans for a second luxury tourism resort in Wales now it has acquired land near Holyhead on Anglesey.

Wales Online

Campaigners warn of poultry farm ‘explosion’

An "explosion" in the number of poultry farms in Wales is threatening the environment, countryside campaigners have warned.

BBC News

Mumbles conservation move

Residents in Mumbles are being consulted on proposals to extend the village’s conservation area.

Swansea City Council

Flintshire homes meet opposition

Skye Homes Flintshire Ltd’s proposals for a residential development of 435 dwellings, 30 per cent of which would be affordable, on an 18-hectare site on the southern edge of Buckley, Flintshire, is being opposed by the town council and is facing local opposition as premature in terms of the emerging local development plan.

Daily Post

Hi-tech project for Ebbw Vale

Economy secretary Ken Skates has welcomed plans by global technology company Thales for a new centre for excellence for digital and cybersecurity that would be located at the heart of the Welsh Government’s Tech Valleys project in Ebbw Vale.

Welsh Government

Wrexham in cross-border Channel 4 hub bid

Wrexham Council together with Cheshire West and Chester Council has submitted a joint cross-border bid to host a Channel 4 regional hub.

Insider Media

Regulator blocks waste scheme for Anglesey homes

Natural Resources Wales has refused a developer’s application for an environmental permit to use 20,000 cubic metres of waste to raise the land in preparation for building a housing development in a flood zone on Anglesey.

Natural Resources Wales

Swansea bike scheme

Some 50 bikes will be available to hire in Swansea from 5 July when the city’s first cycle-hire scheme gets under way, organised by the city’s university.

BBC News

Egg production shed planned for Llangadog

Proposals to build a shed housing 32,000 free-range chickens capable of delivering more than eight million eggs each year at a farm in Llangadog, near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, were set to be approved this week.

Insider Media

Vacant Swansea business park

A business park on a former tinplate works at Swansea remains vacant, despite £11 million being spent on the project.

BBC News

Swansea charged up

Swansea Council has taken delivery of 40 electric vans, making it now the local authority with the largest electric van fleet in Wales.

Swansea City Council