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Wales round-up: Combining consent processes would water down heritage protection, says RTPI Cymru; Bus station deal unlocks key Cardiff development site

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 24 March-30 March, 2018

RTPI Cymru: Combining consent processes would water down heritage protection

Proposals by the Law Commission that would see approvals for changes to Listed Building Consents and general planning applications combined would put heritage sites at risk, says RTPI Cymru.

The Planner

Bus station deal unlocks key Cardiff development site

A new deal for Cardiff's bus station site has been agreed between the city council, developer Rightacres Property Ltd and the Welsh Government.

The Planner

Land sale for strategic housing site in South Wales

Persimmon Homes has confirmed that it has bought more than 283 hectares of remediated land at Llanillid, formerly part of a huge opencast mine in South Wales. It is set to become a new settlement know as Cantref Mawr, which over time could deliver some 5,000 new homes on a strategic site by the M4.

Wales Online

Newport flats project

A total of four, four-storey blocks of flats are set to be built in Newport after the city council gave developers the green light for the project due to be built on land in Lliswerry.

Insider Media

Welsh roads probe by AMs

The National Assembly's Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee is to hold an inquiry into Welsh roads and whether the funding and maintenance models in place are fit for purpose. It will consider whether major projects like the M4 relief road around Newport and the A465 dualling programme represent value for money.

Welsh Assembly

Thumbs down for council mergers

Council leaders have made it clear to ministers that there is little if any support for the government’s proposed structural reform of local government, which would halve the number of local planning authorities.

Wales Online

Llanelli well-being village move

An outline planning application has now been submitted to Carmarthenshire Council for a £200 million life science and well-being village in Llanelli at Delta Lakes, which also includes new sport and leisure facilities.

Carmarthenshire Council

Flooding funding

Environment minister Hannah Blythyn has announced a £56 million programme to improve flood and coastal erosion defences, and support flood risk management activities across Wales over the next financial year, which are expected to benefit around 6,500 properties.  

Welsh Government

Coal Exchange drops glass feature

Plans to build a huge glass feature on top of Cardiff’s historic Coal Exchange, currently being converted into a hotel, have been scrapped.

Wales Online

Bus service grants

Economy secretary Ken Skates has announced £25 million to help the country’s 22 local authorities subsidise socially necessary bus and community transport within their areas.

Welsh Government

Water vole comeback

Thanks to a captive breeding programme carried out by Natural Resources Wales, the water vole is making a comeback in Wales after becoming the most endangered mammal species in the UK.

Natural Resources Wales

Rent-a-Cardiff bike

The first 50 bikes introduced as part of the capital’s new hire scheme run by operator nextbike were available this week from five docking stations near City Hall, Cardiff Central station, Cardiff University’s Bute Building in Cathays Park, and at County Hall in Cardiff Bay.

Wales Online

Heads of the Valley Development Company in debt

The Heads of the Valleys Development Company, set up to build the now-aborted Circuit of Wales scheme on moorland above Ebbw Vale, has debts of more than £31 million, it has been revealed.

Wales Online

Inquiry into £1.4bn M4 relief road ends after 83 days

The inquiry into plans to build a 23-kilometre M4 relief road south of Newport has ended after a final submission from Welsh ministers.

BBC News

Bangor homes plan rejected over Welsh language fears

A planning inspector has dismissed an appeal over a 366-home development at Bangor over its impact on the Welsh language.

BBC News

Hinkley Point C estuary sediment assessed as safe

Natural Resources Wales has announced that tests on dredged material from the construction site of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, off the Somerset coast in England, indicate that the sediment would pose no risk to people or the environment if disposed of in Welsh waters off the coast near Cardiff.

Natural Resources Wales