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Wales round-up: Covid-19 recovery blueprint includes focus on town centres; Will ministers call in Gower AONB housing scheme?

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news: 3 October-9 October, 2020

Covid-19 recovery blueprint includes focus on town centres

The Welsh Government has published a blueprint setting out its priorities for a Covid-19 recovery strategy that includes a focus on town centre investment and low-carbon housing.  

The Planner

Spending review should be used to build resilient communities

The government should empower local authorities and local economic partnerships (LEPs) to lead the redesign of the built environment through the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).

The Planner

Johnson makes pledge on new green ‘ambitious targets’

The prime minister has allocated £160 million to upgrade ports as he commits the government to increasing the UK’s offshore wind capacity to meet new green ‘ambitious targets’.

The Planner

Will ministers call in Gower AONB housing scheme?

Ministers must now decide whether to intervene and call in contentious proposals for 31 new homes proposed for land off Higher Lane in Langland, which is within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Swansea City Council decided this week it was minded to approve in the face of about 1,800 objections.

Wales Online

Llanbedr road link

The Welsh Government has committed £7 million towards the construction of a new Llanbedr access road in Gwynedd, which will improve connections to the Snowdonia Aerospace centre at Llanbedr airfield – a potential spaceport site.

Wales Online

Bluestone resort moves

Bluestone National Park Resort has secured the go-ahead for a restaurant development at its Pembrokeshire attraction and outlined plans for a £15 million investment in 80 new lodges.

Insider Media

Rhondda housing proposed

Detailed proposals for a development of 95 new homes on the former Clariant site in the village of Church, Llantwit Fardre, have been submitted to Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council by Bellway Homes. 

Insider Media

Swansea theatre project

The city council has submitted proposals for planning permission and listed building consent for the restoration and conversion of Swansea's historic Palace Theatre building so it could provide space for tech, start-up and creative businesses.

Swansea City Council

Afan valley project ultimatum

Neath Port Talbot Council has given Afan Valley Limited until the end of October to confirm its beleaguered £200 million adventure resort proposals remain deliverable following multiple deadline extensions.

Wales Online

Swansea Copperworks site scheme

The historic Laboratory Building on the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site in Swansea could become a restaurant under latest proposals provided funding can be secured.

Swansea Council

Queensferry development

Floods Properties & Developments has obtained approval for a mixed-use scheme at Queensferry Industrial Estate in North Wales, which will provide a Co-op convenience store plus two new industrial units.

Insider Media

Carmarthenshire LDP delay

Preparation of Carmarthenshire Council’s replacement local development plan (LDP) has been delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak and instead of being scheduled for adoption by the end of next year is unlikely to have completed all its stages before the summer of 2022.  

Wales Online

Porthcawl marine centre row

Bridgend County Borough Council has threatened to take back land earmarked for a troubled £5.5 million maritime centre at Porthcawl unless the charity developing it can prove it can finance the completion of the project.

BBC News