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23/04/2021

Wales round-up: Green light for 432-home Cardiff scheme; Bluestone expands in Pembrokeshire but stalls on Anglesey

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 17 April-23 April, 2021

Green light for 432-home Cardiff scheme

Proposals for a major residential-led mixed-use scheme at a key site in Cardiff, which is set to provide more than 430 homes, gained the go-ahead this week.

The Planner

Task force launched for digital planning

An independent panel has been launched with the time to promote an integrated digitally informed approach of town and country planning.

The Planner

Jobs and affordable homes are key to building back better, suggests report

The provision of affordable housing and jobs will define how the UK will build back better from Covid-19, according to a report.

The Planner

Government seeks 78% reduction in emissions by 2035

The UK Government has set an ‘ambitious’ target to reduce emissions by 78 per cent compared with 1990 levels as it looks forward to hosting COP26 in November.

The Planner

Bluestone expands in Pembrokeshire but stalls on Anglesey

Proposals for a £15 million expansion of the Bluestone holiday village in Pembrokeshire, which will see the provision of 80 new lodges, have been approved by the county council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. In a separate but related development, the company has confirmed that it has not found a funding solution that would allow it to proceed with a £100 million holiday village on Anglesey at the Penrhos Estate near Holyhead.

Wales Online

Flintshire mulls town centre moves as LDP examination under way

Flintshire County Council’s cabinet has agreed a new strategy for regenerating town centres which will include:

  • reducing the number of long-term empty properties;
  • finding more sustainable uses for retail units and increasing community enterprises on high streets;
  • planning to repurpose less viable shopping centres; and
  • developing starter units for new retail enterprises in town centres.

Meanwhile, the examination of  the council’s replacement local development plan is now under way.

Flintshire County Council

Bangor homes successfully appealed

Housing association Adra has successfully appealed against proposals for 30 new homes at a site close to a hospital near Bangor, which was rejected by councillors on traffic grounds against the advice of officers.

BBC News

Carmarthenshire LDP site wrangle

People living near the former Amman Valley Maternity Hospital in Glanamman are campaigning against the site’s allocation for residential use in Carmarthenshire County Council’s replacement local plan.   

Wales Online

Ebbw Vale engineering initiative

Blaenau Gwent Council is making a funding bid to the Welsh Government for the refurbishment of the former Monwell factory in Ebbw Vale to create an advanced engineering centre, which would provide a range of full-time, part-time, higher education and apprenticeship courses.

Insider Media

Penarth Pier Pavilion proposals

Public consultation ended this week on new uses for the art deco Penarth Pier Pavilion, currently being renovated by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Wales Online

Land deal for potential South Wales Metro station in Gabalfa

The Welsh Government has bought a former coal yard site in Gabalfa, Cardiff, once earmarked for student accommodation. It is now likely to be used for a new station for the South Wales Metro between Llandaff and Cathays.

Wales Online

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