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Wales round-up: Caerleon campus redevelopment approved; Draft Budget boosts social housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 2 January-8 January, 2021

Caerleon campus redevelopment approved

Newport City Council has approved plans to redevelop the University of South Wales's former Caerleon campus with housing.

The Planner

RTPI sees its numbers swell

The RTPI has announced that its membership has reached 26,000 – a record.

The Planner

Draft Budget boosts social housing

Welsh ministers have announced a tax hike on second homes in Wales to help raise £13 million for social housing as part of the government’s draft budget for 2021-22. It allocates a total of £200 million for new homes, another £5 million to develop Wales’s National Forest and invest in wider biodiversity, a boost in funding for active travel of £20 million and a total investment of £274.7 million in rail and metro projects.  

Welsh Government

Capital hotel proposed

Proposals for a new 166-bedroom hotel in the centre of Cardiff have been revealed. They would be created by adapting and building two new storeys on top of a grade II-listed property on the capital’s Queen Street.

Wales Online

Major Swansea project outlined

The Verum Victum Healthcare company has unveiled ambitious proposals to build a care village, hotel, houses and golf academy on a 162-hectare site near Llangyfelach, south of the A48 on the outskirts of Swansea once earmarked for a top-class golf resort.

Wales Online

Call-in for Abergavenny homes?

The Welsh Government has directed Monmouthshire County Council not to determine proposals for 12 affordable homes on a greenfield site in the village of Llantilio Pertholey near Abergavenny, close to a grade I-listed church, while ministers decide whether to call in the scheme.

BBC News

GPDO changes

Chief planner Neil Hemington has written to planning authorities to highlight changes to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 that have just come into force in respect of allotments (and so-called ‘community growing spaces’) and ‘small antenna’ or ‘small cell antenna’ associated with the roll-out of 4G and 5G technology.

Welsh Government

Wye phosphate development controls

Natural Resources Wales has committed to work with planning authorities in the River Wye catchment area to ensure that any new development does not adversely affect phosphate levels in rivers – an issue of growing concern.

Natural Resources Wales

Call for £350m investment for the Valleys

The Valleys area needs 40,000 jobs created and £350 million in investment over the next 10 years, according to one of Wales’s leading think tanks, the Bevan Foundation.

Wales Online

Pontardawe smelly tip blocked

Neath Port Talbot Council has refused to extend the life of a landfill facility near Pontardawe which has been at the centre of repeated complaints about bad smells.

Wales Online

Pembroke Port project

The Port of Milford Haven has submitted proposals to begin construction of the infrastructure needed to support a renewable energy and engineering hub at Pembroke Port.

Wales Online

Llanelli revamp progress

Four blocks of flats in the Tyisha area of Llanelli are set to be demolished as part of a longer-term revamp of the area with 110 new homes, shops and offices, as well as improvements to the nearby Llanelli railway station.

Wales Online

Anglesey development scheme

Developer Port Properties has revealed proposals for seven buildings for small and medium-sized businesses on the Bryn Cefni Industrial Estate at Llangefni on Anglesey.

Wales Online

Gwynedd affordable homes refused

Proposals to build 30 new affordable homes near Gwynedd’s major hospital at Pen-y-Ffridd, Penrhosgarnedd, have been refused by councillors over traffic issues against the advice of officials.

BBC News

Anglesey nuclear DCO deadline extended again

The UK Government has announced a further extension to its deadline for determining the development consent order (DCO) for a new £20 billion nuclear power plant on Anglesey while talks continue over salvaging the project.

BBC News

Laugharne natural burial proposal

Laugharne resident Michael Jones has applied to Carmarthenshire Council to develop land on the outskirts of the village as a natural burial ground.

Wales Online

Alcohol-free brewery scheme

Specialist craft brewer Drop Bear Beer Co has unveiled proposals to build Wales’s first alcohol-free brewery at a location along the M4 corridor, between Carmarthen and Cardiff.

Insider Media

Carmarthenshire housing initiative

Wales and West Housing Association has unveiled proposals to build 45 homes at the Parc Owen Industrial Estate site at St Clears in Carmarthenshire.

Wales Online

Powys Alpaca attraction

A proposal has been submitted to Powys County Council for an ‘Alpaca Experience’ tourist attraction near the village of Meifod.

Shropshire Star

Flats complex proposed for Swansea terraced street

Housing association Pobl has applied to build a five-storey block of 21 flats in a Swansea street of mainly terraced houses close to the city centre.

Wales Online