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Wales round-up: Consultancy urges councils to adopt policies that recognise lack of five-year supply; Swansea projects approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 29 September-5 October, 2018

Consultancy urges councils to adopt policies that recognise lack of five-year supply

Planning consultancy Lichfields has urged planning authorities in Wales to follow the lead of Monmouthshire Council, which has recently decided to endorse a policy that specifically recognises its lack of a five-year housing land supply.

The Planner

The Planner Careers Survey 2019

Are you happy in your job and with your choice of profession? Do you expect the outlook for planning to improve? How would you attract more young people into the planning profession? Find out more about the survey on The Planner.

The Planner

RTPI elects new fellows

The RTPI has announced that three new fellows have been elected to the institute.


Swansea projects approved

The city council has approved the £120 million Swansea Central Phase One project involving a 3,500-capacity digital indoor arena and, separately, plans for a 780-bedroom student tower near Swansea’s city centre railway station.

Swansea City Council

Newport blocks Caerleon campus redevelopment

Proposals to redevelop the University of South Wales’s Caerleon Campus site with 311 new homes have been rejected by Newport City Council over air pollution and traffic issues.

University of South Wales and South Wales Argus

South Wales Metro funding boost

First Minister Carwyn Jones has confirmed that £119 million of EU funding has been secured to progress work on the South Wales Metro.

Welsh Government

Caerphilly eyes sites sale

Caerphilly County Borough Council is considering selling five sites it owns to developers to provide for up to 455 new homes.

Caerphilly Observer

Thumbs down for Wrexham chicken plant scheme

Wrexham Borough Council has refused plans by Maelor Foods to increase a poultry plant’s production limit to process one million chickens.

BBC News

Burry Port hotel conversion backed

Plans to build 103 homes on the site of a former hotel in Burry Port are poised to receive approval after receiving the backing of Carmarthenshire Council planners.

Insider Media

Hengoed retirement development

Proposals have been unveiled for a retirement development providing 79 bungalows, a doctor's surgery and a well-being spa at Hengoed, Swansea.

Insider Media

Haverfordwest store buy queried

A council’s plan to buy and renovate a former department store at a cost of £3.5 million to boost Haverfordwest’s regeneration has been criticised as poor value for money and is being reconsidered.

BBC News

Pembrokeshire reservoir attraction

EU funding of £1.7 million, channelled by the Welsh Government, is being invested in the development of Llys y Frân reservoir in Pembrokeshire as a key tourist attraction.

Welsh Government

Flat Holm funding

Funding totalling £1.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used by Cardiff City Council, RSPB Cymru and the Flat Holm Society to renovate buildings on the eponymous island in the Bristol Channel to accommodate more visitors.

Wales Online

New residential tower for Cardiff

Proposals for a 23-storey flats for rent scheme, with a glass roof-top level affording views over Cardiff and the Bristol Channel, have been revealed for a site at the Capital Quarter development scheme in the centre of the city.

Wales Online