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Wales round-up: Government legislates for net-zero carbon by 2050; RTPI presses for planning apprenticeships in Wales

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 6 February-12 February, 2021

Wales legislates for net-zero carbon by 2050

Ministers have laid the regulations in the Senedd that formally commit Wales to legally binding targets designed to deliver net-zero carbon emissions within 30 years.

The Planner

RTPI presses for planning apprenticeships in Wales

RTPI Cymru believes the introduction of town planning apprenticeships in Wales would help to promote diversity in the profession and demonstrate that it is open to all.

The Planner

Build-to-rent supply increases, suggests research

The number of completed build-to-rent homes increased by 23 per cent in 2020 compared with the number completed in 2019, according to research published by the British Property Federation (BPF).

The Planner

Bridgend project granted permission

Deeside Regeneration, a joint venture between Maple Grove Developments and Trebor Developments, has been given permission for a speculative 4,283-square-metre industrial development at the Welsh Government owned Pencoed Technology Park at Bridgend, which is located next to junction 35 of the M4.

Wales Online

Bid for temporary change of use for Cardiff student scheme

The owners of a block of student flats at the Howard Gardens site in Adamsdown are the latest to apply to Cardiff City Council for a temporary change of use from student to serviced accommodation.

Wales Online

Swansea community hub move

Swansea City Council has unveiled proposals to create a new community hub on the city centre High Street by applying for change of use to convert three neighbouring retail units that no longer have tenants.

Swansea City Council

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal initiative

Members of Torfaen County Borough Council are calling for an ambitious strategy entailing the long-term full restoration of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, while carrying out a series of improvements in the short term.

Wales Online

Swansea tourist hotel

Backpackers, families, and visitors to Swansea will soon be able stay in the notorious old Studio 95, a well-known former ‘gentleman’s club’ in its city centre, which is now set to become a seven-bed tourist hostel and bar under plans just approved by the city council.

Wales Online

Premier Inn targets new locations for hotels

The Premier Inn chain has announced its target locations for seven new hotels: The Mumbles near Swansea; Betws-y-Coed in Conwy; Broughton in North Wales; Newtown in Mid Wales; Carmarthen; Milford Haven; and Newport.  

Wales Online

Trawsfynydd listed inn rebuild approved

Proposals to rebuild the fire-ravaged grade II-listed 16th century Rhiw Goch Inn near Trawsfynydd have been approved by the Snowdonia National Park Authority.

BBC News

Anglesey nuke project DCO thumbs down (pdf)

The UK’s Planning Inspectorate has released its report into the multibillion-pound Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant project on Anglesey, which showed its inspectors had recommended that the scheme should not be granted a development consent order because of biodiversity, ecology, and nature conservation issues.

Planning Inspectorate

Wales and Borders rail franchise takeover

The Wales and Borders rail franchise has been taken into public ownership by the Welsh Government in a move designed to protect services, safeguard jobs, and bring forward infrastructure improvements. Transport for Wales is now operating the Wales and Borders rail services under a subsidiary, Transport for Wales Rail Ltd.

Welsh Government

Haverford food hub shapes up

The Welsh Government is investing £2 million as part of an agreement with Pembrokeshire County Council to create a so-called ‘food park’ on a nine-hectare site the council owns in Withybush near Haverfordwest, which is planned to become a hub for food producers.

Welsh Government