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Wales round-up: Covid-19 triggers changes for pre-application consultation on major developments; More turbines proposed for huge North Wales offshore wind farm

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 16 May-22 May, 2020

Covid-19 triggers changes for pre-application consultation on major developments

New regulations came into force in Wales this week in respect of pre-application consultation for major development as well as Developments of National Significance.

The Planner

Higher emergency grants offered to heritage sector

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is welcoming applications for larger grants to cover emergency costs during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  

The Planner

More turbines proposed for huge North Wales offshore wind farm

The owners of the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm located off the North Wales coast have begun consulting on proposals to increase the number of turbines from 160 to 267. 

BBC News 

Ministers mull over new-build electric charging point requirement

Every new house with a parking space would need an electric vehicle charging point under proposals being considered by ministers. This would also apply to buildings converted to residential use.

Wales Online

Pontypool station project

Proposals to expand facilities at Pontypool and New Inn railway station with a new park-and-ride scheme and a footbridge have won the backing of Torfaen County Borough Council planners. 

BBC News

Snowdonia gold prospecting

Alba Mineral Resources has applied to the Snowdonia National Park Authority to dig eight temporary trenches to the east of the existing Clogau gold mine as it steps up its hunt for more deposits of the precious metal. 

Wales Online

Swansea tidal lagoon moves

The company behind the proposed £1.3 billion Swansea Bay tidal lagoon is putting the final touches to proposals to start work on site to keep the planning consent for the scheme alive. The current permission expires next month.

Wales Online

Mold supermarket development

Retailer Aldi has revealed proposals to demolish its existing store in Mold and replace it with a bigger 1,880-square-metre outlet.

BBC News

Community initiative for Newport’s ’Maindee triangle’

A community group has secured funding to regenerate an area of Newport known as the ‘Maindee Triangle’ with a café, play facilities and a climbing wall.

Wales Online

Caerleon criminal damage probe

Gwent Police are investigating reports of criminal damage at the Roman ruins at Caerleon, one of Wales’s most important archaeological landmarks.

Wales Online

Mumbles skatepark review request

Swansea Council has asked Mumbles Community Council to commission an independent review of its proposed £350,000 Llwynderw skatepark following concerns over the location of the seafront scheme.

BBC News

Common land registration guidance

Planning Inspectorate Wales has published advice on how to correct incorrect, mistaken or non-registered common land entries.

Welsh Government

£22m boost for transport projects

Transport minister Ken Skates has announced that £22.6 million will be allocated to 21 projects across 15 local authorities to enable improvement in economic activity, improve access to employment, encourage healthier travel modes and to connect communities.

Welsh Government