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Wales round-up: First strategic development plan takes shape for Cardiff region; Griffiths accepts CCC recommendation

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 8 June-14 June, 2019

First strategic development plan takes shape for Cardiff region

The 10 unitary authorities in the Cardiff Capital Region have decided in principle to work together to produce what would be the country’s first-ever statutory strategic development plan.

The Planner

Griffiths accepts CCC recommendation

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged the UK to eradicating its net contribution to climate change by 2050, while Welsh energy minister Lesley Griffiths said the Welsh Government is committed to delivering a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The Planner

MMC offers the potential to deliver homes the UK needs

The planning system is ‘too rigid’ to support modern methods of construction (MMC) to create the homes the nation needs, says a report by construction consultant Arup.

The Planner

M4 congestion commission

Lord Terry Burns, chairman of communications regulator Ofcom, will chair a commission set up by the Welsh Government to look at alternative solutions to ease growing traffic congestion levels on the M4 in South Wales now the M4 relief road south has been rejected.

Wales Online

Prestatyn housing proposed

A North Wales-based property developer has unveiled plans to build 114 homes at Prestatyn, Denbighshire.

Insider Media

Funding bid for more Swansea eco-homes

Swansea City Council has applied for government funding for a further development of 25 ’eco’ council houses that would be equipped with integrated solar roofs, battery storage, and air source heat pumps.

Wales Online

Bangor campus moves

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Wales’s biggest college group, has unveiled an £18 million relocation plan that would see its Bangor campus moved from two city centre sites to Parc Menai business park.

Wales Online

Help for owners of polluted homes in Crumlin

Homeowners on one of Wales’s most polluted streets have been offered a funding boost from the Welsh Government should their properties in Crumlin need to be demolished under plans to improve air quality under consideration by Caerphilly Council.

Wales Online

Pembrokeshire Coast approves Lawrenny development

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has approved proposals for a £10 million mixed-use development in the village of Lawrenny providing up to 39 new homes (seven of which will be affordable) a traffic-free village square, workshops and a biomass district heating system.

Wales Online

Green light for Aberystwyth listed building conversion

A 19th century grade I listed seafront university building in Aberystwyth is to get a new lease of life now that Ceredigion Council has approved its redevelopment into a 33-bed hotel as well as a cultural, learning and enterprise centre.

BBC News

Capital air pollution strategy approved

The final plan to reduce dangerous levels of air pollution, cut congestion, improve road links and improve both public transport and cycling infrastructure in the city centre has been approved by Cardiff City Council’s cabinet.

City of Cardiff Council