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Wales round-up: Clean air zone regime takes shape; Milford Haven redevelopment moves

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 21 April-27 April, 2018

Clean air zone regime takes shape

Consultation has begun on the introduction of clean air zones in Wales as part of a government drive to improve air quality, particularly in respect of nitrogen dioxide, the main source of which is vehicle exhausts.

The Planner

Research: 6,000 fracking wells needed to halve UK gas imports

Research published by Friends of the Earth has suggested that one well would need to be drilled and fracked every for 15 years to produce enough gas to halve the amount imported to the UK.

The Planner

RTPI launches interactive board game for students

The RTPI has launched an interactive role-play board game – called Place Makers – for students aged 14-18 to get them thinking about planning and inspire the next generation to join the profession.


Milford Haven redevelopment moves

A revised plan for the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Milford Haven’s waterfront has been submitted to Pembrokeshire County Council involving a mix of shops, bars, cafes, hotels, restaurants, business units and up to 190 flats and townhouses.

BBC News

Denbigh asylum decision

The mainly residential redevelopment of the derelict former North Wales Hospital in Denbigh has taken a significant step forward now that the preferred developer for the site, chosen by Denbighshire County Council, has been named as local civil engineering firm Jones Bros in partnership with the North Wales Building Preservation Trust, who will take ownership of the site once the council’s compulsory purchase order is confirmed.

Denbighshire Count Council

Swansea Bay City Deal agreement

Four local authorities in south-west Wales will keep 50 per cent of business rates generated by Swansea Bay City Deal projects in their areas under an agreement in principle negotiated with Mark Drakeford, the Welsh Government's Cabinet Secretary for Finance.

Swansea City Council

Top tower tribulations

Wales’s tallest proposed building, approved just over two years ago and originally due to be completed this summer, has not even begun to climb off the drawing board, it has emerged.

BBC News

Blaenau projects

A former council building could be about to become a 38-bedroom hotel after plans were recommended for approval by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, which has also agreed in principle to the disposal of the cinema and former library in Brynmawr to a community arts trust.

Inside Media

New school for Llanelli

Plans have been lodged for a new £9.1 million Welsh-medium school at Llanerch in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

Wales Online

Council buys Rhyl hotel

Denbighshire County Council has agreed to buy the former Savoy Hotel in Rhyl as part of the town’s regeneration.

BBC News

Key Cardiff Capital Region appointment

Cardiff Capital Region has appointed Kellie Beirne, currently deputy chief executive at Monmouthshire Council, as its new city deal programme director.

Insider Media

Pembrokeshire wind turbines blocked again

Plans to build five wind turbines near the Valero oil refinery in Pembrokeshire have been refused for a third time.

BBC News

Brechfa Forest mountain biking scheme

A £1 million mountain bike centre has been proposed for Carmarthenshire’s Brechfa Forest, which would comprise a bunkhouse for 34 guests, plus 12 camping pods, catering and shower facilities, a bike repair shop, information area and games room.

Wales Online

Call for just four Welsh local authorities

Mike Plaut, the chairman of employers' body the CBI in Wales, has called for a radical reduction in the number of local authorities in Wales to just four.

Wales Online