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Wales round-up: Green light for 460-home scheme near Pontypridd; Mountain Ash housing scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 11 November-17 November, 2017

Green light for 460-home scheme near Pontypridd

A 460-home development at Talbot Green, Miskin, near Pontypridd, has been approved by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council subject to the signing of a section 106 agreement.

The Planner

RTPI accredits town-planning course in Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been accredited by the RTPI for its town planning undergraduate programme.

The Planner

Mountain Ash housing scheme

Plans to build more than 100 homes in the Cynon Valley in Mountain Ash on the site of a former colliery look set to be approved.

Wales Online

400-bed student scheme submitted for Cardiff

Plans have been lodged for a 400-bed student accommodation scheme at the north-west side of Howard Gardens in Cardiff by Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Group.

Insider Media

Pier plan passed

Proposals by the local authority to dismantle and rebuild the grade II listed Colwyn Bay pier have been approved by Conwy County Borough Council.

BBC News

Dismay over Rhondda turbines

Residents are up in arms over plans for two wind turbines with a maximum height of 125 metres proposed for a site at Porth in the Rhondda.

Wales Online

Solar villages surface

New ‘solar villages’ will be built in in Carmarthenshire and north Pembrokeshire in a bid to give more people the chance to benefit from very low energy bills.

Wales Online

New national park chief named

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has appointed Julian Atkins, currently the countryside and land management director at the park, as its new chief executive officer. Atkins will take up the post on 1 February 2018.

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Go-ahead for Barry gasification project

Natural Resources Wales has announced that it will start a further consultation as it plans to issue an environmental permit to allow Biomass UK No 2 Ltd to operate its gasification facility in Barry.

Natural Resources Wales

Boost for local transport initiatives

Flintshire, Neath Port Talbot, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and Torfaen will all receive funding through this year’s Local Transport Network Fund, which focuses on improving bus reliability and reducing journey times by improving accessibility, congestion and integration between modes of transport.

Welsh Government

Extra council tax on second homes ditched

A planned hike in council tax for second homes and long-term empty properties in Conwy has been ditched.

BBC News

Sargeant inquiry

An inquiry is being held into how Wales's first minister handled Carl Sargeant's sacking, days before the former planning minister committed suicide.

BBC News

Associations say 75,000 social housing units are needed

About 75,000 new homes for social housing should be built in Wales in the next 20 years, according to Welsh housing associations.

BBC News