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Wales round-up: Fears mount over Cardiff skyline dominated by empty tower blocks; Denbigh business park proposals unveiled

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 31 August-6 September, 2019

Fears mount over Cardiff skyline dominated by empty tower blocks

The Cardiff skyline is at risk of being full of vacant buildings after an ‘over-saturation’ of luxury student flats, warns a leading architect.

The Planner

Spending Round: Cash for decarbonisation, air quality and biodiversity

Chancellor Sajid Javid has committed £90 million to help decarbonise the UK, improve air quality and increase biodiversity in his one-year Spending Round.

The Planner

Welsh Government responds to Spending Round

Finance minister Rebecca Evans has issued a written statement in response to chancellor Sajid Javid's one-year Spending Round.

Welsh Government

Denbigh business park proposals unveiled

Proposals for a new business park over 20 acres at a site in Denbighshire providing four plots, one of which would be occupied by up to 239 shipping containers, and which would also involve a new waste transfer station for the local authority, have been unveiled for a site opposite Denbigh's Colomendy Industrial Estate.

Insider Media

Bridgend housing plans submitted

Persimmon Homes has submitted detailed plans for a development of 102 homes on a site two kilometres from Bridgend town centre.

Insider Media

Neath office conversion move

Neath Port Talbot Council has applied for planning permission to redevelop 8 Wind Street – a grade II listed building – to provide new office accommodation.

Wales Online

Ex-Harlech hotel faces demolition

An eyesore hotel that has stood empty for more than a decade in Harlech, Gwynedd, could be flattened within weeks.

BBC News

Rewilding set-back

Machynlleth-based Ecodyfi, a community-run sustainable regeneration trust, has pulled out of a £3.4 million rewilding initiative, the Summit to Sea project, which is looking to improve biodiversity and restore ecosystems in 10,000 hectares of mid-Wales and almost 30,000 hectares of sea in Cardigan Bay.

BBC News

Pembrokeshire eco project ultimatum

An eco-community at Brithdir Mawr, Newport, Pembrokeshire, whose planning saga led to the establishment of the government's One Planet policy that permits low-impact dwellings in the countryside, will have to raise £1 million or leave after being told its land and buildings will be sold when the lease ends in December.

BBC News

Key statistics published

The September 2019 newsletter for users of Welsh statistics with the latest population, migration, household and Welsh language data has been published.

Welsh Government

Prestatyn homes refused for second time

Denbighshire County Council has, for the second time, refused a bid to build 133 new homes at Mindal Farm, Meliden, near Prestatyn, citing traffic and flooding issues.

BBC News

Change of use needed for Carmarthen pheasant rearing enterprise

Carmarthenshire County Council has insisted that a pheasant farmer must make a change-of-use application from agricultural to land for the purpose of pheasant-rearing. He wants to use a large field for the enterprise involving thousands of young birds at Rectory Farm west of Carmarthen.

Wales Online