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Wales round-up: Boost for Celtic rainforest restoration project; Natural Resources Wales defends mud stance

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 25 August-31 August, 2018

Boost for Celtic rainforest restoration project

Endangered areas of Welsh woodland – known as the Celtic rainforest – are to benefit from an ambitious multimillion-pound project designed to restore the forests to their former glory and safeguard their conservation status.

The Planner

Report: Broken land market cause of poor productivity in the UK

The “dysfunctional” land market is the root cause of an unproductive and unstable UK economy, according to think tank Institute for Public Policy Research.

The Planner

Capital hotel proposal revealed

Plans for a five-star 300-bedroom hotel in the centre of the capital have been revealed by the owners of the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, who are considering a scheme that would involve retaining the façades of adjoining listed properties – Parkgate and the old County Court building – on Westgate Street.

Wales Online

Natural Resources Wales defends mud stance

Natural Resources Wales has told protestors it would open itself up to a legal challenge it would certainly lose if it revoked a dumping licence for 300,000 tonnes of mud from the Hinkley Point nuclear site that is currently destined for Cardiff Bay.

Wales Online

Chirk homes

Proposals for a residential scheme of up to 60 new homes have been submitted for a former clay works, subsequently a landfill site, at Pentre near Chirk, which is also in line for leisure and tourism development alongside the River Dee.

Insider Media

Tourism stats published

Latest tourism figures for the first quarter of this year showed substantial increases both in overnight visits and revenue earned compared with the same period last year.

Welsh Government

Maesteg Town Hall makeover

Plans for a £6 million redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall have been unveiled for a glass atrium, studio theatre and a café to be built in an extension on one side of the grade II listed building currently used as a theatre and meeting space for local groups and organisations.

Wales Online

Footie centre kicks off in Wrexham

Construction of the new £5 million National Football Development Centre has begun at Colliers Park in Wrexham, thanks to collaboration between the Football Association of Wales and Glyndŵr University.

Insider Media

Llanidloes housing allowed

Proposals to build almost 100 homes on a 4.8-hectare site near Llanidloes in Powys have been approved despite being a departure from the local development plan.

Insider Media