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Wales round-up: Former Wrexham steelworks targeted for 450 homes; Increasing affordable homes requires understanding of need

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 27 April-3 May, 2019

Former Wrexham steelworks targeted for 450 homes

Proposals for a 450-home development on a former steelworks site near Wrexham have been unveiled.

The Planner

Increasing affordable homes requires understanding of need

A new approach to understanding housing need in Wales is required to increase and improve the quality of affordable homes, an independent review has concluded.

The Planner

Report: UK can be more ambitious on climate change

The foundations are in place throughout the UK to deliver a net zero economy – but the UK can be more ambitious by targeting a reduction of its greenhouse gases to zero by 2050.

The Planner

June D-day for M4 decision

First minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed that he plans to announce his decision on the M4 relief road project during the first week in June as CBI Wales says a scheme with smart tolling would be better than no road at all.

Welsh Government and Wales Online

Flintshire housing proposed

A 145-home development close to a retail park in Broughton, Flintshire, has been proposed by Bloor Homes.

Insider Media

Port Talbot Banksy moves

An agreement on where Port Talbot's Banksy will go on display has been reached ahead of work to move the graffiti art to a new home.

BBC News

Rhos scrapyard homes face the chop

A plan to build seven homes on the site of a scrap ard near Rhos looks set to be refused as planning officials have said the site is outside the settlement limit and in open countryside.

Insider Media

Eco-homes policy complaint

A policy that allows eco-friendly homes to be built in open countryside should be reconsidered, a Pembrokeshire councillor has argued after complaining that developments are not being monitored closely enough.

BBC News

Caernafon hotel approved

Plans to build a 12-bedroom hotel on the outskirts of Caernarfon have been approved by Gwynedd councillors despite concern over its visual impact.

BBC News

Updated guidance on listed buildings

Updated guidance has been published to help people plan and improve access to listed buildings in Wales.

Welsh Government

Swansea bike-hire scheme extended to the Mumbles

A bike-hire scheme along the Swansea Bay seafront is finally being extended to the Mumbles now that Swansea City Council has given planning permission for a 20-bike hub at the slipway by Promenade Terrace.

Wales Online