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11/06/2021

Wales round-up: Cardiff’s recovery blueprint targets city centre; Funding boost for affordable homes in the south east

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 5 June-10 June, 2021

Cardiff’s recovery blueprint targets city centre 

Cardiff Council has begun consulting on its post-Covid-19 recovery and renewal strategy for the capital.

The Planner

Institute sets up network to guide politicians on planning

The RTPI will launch a network next week that seeks to bring together politicians involved in planning and planning decisions.

The Planner

Funding boost for affordable homes in south-east Wales

Housing association Melin Homes has secured a new £150 million funding line to support the delivery of 1,000 more affordable homes across five local authorities in south-east Wales by 2025.

Wales Online

Colwyn Bay flats proposed

Wales and West Housing Association has revealed proposals for 54 retirement flats on a site in the centre of Colwyn Bay, opposite the Bay View Shopping Centre.

Wales Online

Major wind farm proposed between Maesteg and Neath

Developers Coriolis Energy and Irish power company ESB have launched the first phase of public consultation over their proposed 170-megawatt Y Bryn onshore wind farm. The scheme is earmarked for an area of government woodland managed by Natural Resources Wales straddling the border between Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend County Borough Councils between Neath and Maesteg.

Insider Media

Wrexham councillors reject McDonald’s drive-through

A proposed new drive-through McDonald’s in Wrexham has been rejected against the advice of officers after councillors voiced concern the scheme would exacerbate traffic problems in the area.

BBC News

Swansea Indoor skate park refused

An indoor skate park proposed for a vacant unit in the Swansea West Industrial Park, Fforestfach, has been refused by Swansea City Council and is now subject to an appeal. The facility was due to move from its current base in Llanelli.

Wales Online

Denbighshire castle lined up for restoration

The future of the grade II-listed Bodelwyddan Castle has been secured following a deal that will see the lease sold back to landlord Denbighshire County Council after the trust which ran the castle, museum and art gallery was forced to close in 2019. Bourne Leisure, which owns the neighbouring hotel, is planning to acquire the remaining part of the property from the council and carry out a full-scale refurbishment of the landmark attraction.

Insider Media

Government coy over fourth national park timetable

The government has confirmed it is committed to creating a fourth national park for Wales, which would cover the Clwydian range and Dee Valley north of Llangollen, but is coy about any of the details including the timing of the multi-year project. “We will be announcing our plans to engage with communities about protecting and enhancing the special qualities of this landscape in due course,” a government spokesperson is reported as saying.

Wales Online

Cardiff’s recovery blueprint targets city centre 

Cardiff Council has begun consulting on its post-Covid-19 recovery and renewal strategy for the capital.

The Planner

Funding boost for affordable homes in south-east Wales

Housing association Melin Homes has secured a new £150 million funding line to support the delivery of 1,000 more affordable homes across five local authorities in south-east Wales by 2025.

Wales Online

Colwyn Bay flats proposed

Wales and West Housing Association has revealed proposals for 54 retirement flats on a site in the centre of Colwyn Bay, opposite the Bay View Shopping Centre.

Wales Online

Major wind farm proposed between Maesteg and Neath

Developers Coriolis Energy and Irish power company ESB have launched the first phase of public consultation over their proposed 170-megawatt Y Bryn onshore wind farm. The scheme is earmarked for an area of government woodland managed by Natural Resources Wales straddling the border between Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend County Borough Councils between Neath and Maesteg.

Insider Media

Wrexham councillors reject McDonald’s drive-through

A proposed new drive-through McDonald’s in Wrexham has been rejected against the advice of officers after councillors voiced concern the scheme would exacerbate traffic problems in the area.

BBC News

Swansea Indoor skate park refused

An indoor skate park proposed for a vacant unit in the Swansea West Industrial Park, Fforestfach, has been refused by Swansea City Council and is now subject to an appeal. The facility was due to move from its current base in Llanelli.

Wales Online

Denbighshire castle lined up for restoration

The future of the grade II-listed Bodelwyddan Castle has been secured following a deal that will see the lease sold back to landlord Denbighshire County Council after the trust which ran the castle, museum and art gallery was forced to close in 2019. Bourne Leisure, which owns the neighbouring hotel, is planning to acquire the remaining part of the property from the council and carry out a full-scale refurbishment of the landmark attraction.

Insider Media

Government coy over fourth national park timetable

The government has confirmed it is committed to creating a fourth national park for Wales, which would cover the Clwydian range and Dee Valley north of Llangollen, but is coy about any of the details including the timing of the multi-year project. “We will be announcing our plans to engage with communities about protecting and enhancing the special qualities of this landscape in due course,” a government spokesperson is reported as saying.

Wales Online

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