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Wales round-up: Green light for hotel as Milford Haven redevelopment makes progress; Wrexham greenhouses scheme submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 11 July-17 July, 2020

Green light for hotel as Milford Haven redevelopment makes progress

Pembrokeshire County Council has given conditional approval for a five storey, 100-bed hotel in Milford Haven. The hotel will form a key element of the first phase of the 22 hectare Milford Waterfront scheme at and around the existing Milford Dock.

The Planner  

Local authorities to decide energy storage applications

The UK Government has announced that planning legislation will be relaxed to ‘make it easier’ to construct large batteries capable of storing renewable energy from solar and wind farms.

The Planner

International competition launched to design railway stations

Network Rail and RIBA Competitions have launched an international design competition aimed at influencing future British railway stations.  

The Planner

Wrexham greenhouses scheme submitted

Plans have been submitted for a £50 million commercial greenhouses project near Wrexham - with a warning that the 15-hectare scheme may not be viable if it doesn’t receive rapid approval.

Wales Online

More 5G masts on their way

More 5G masts are planned to be built across the capital. Last month Cardiff City Council approved 14; now, a further 10 have been proposed.

Wales Online

Newport HMO project appealed

Proposals for a 10-bedroom house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Brynderwen Road Maindee have been appealed for non-determination by Newport City Council.

BBC News

Welshpool chapel conversion

A chapel in Llangadfan could become an artists studio under newly-submitted plans to Powys County Council for the building in the village outside Welshpool. 

BBC News

Llanhilleth Rugby Club wrangle

Blaenau Gwent’s decision to refuse Bottom of Form proposals to turn the former Walpole Hotel and home of  the rugby club in Llanhilleth into 17 flats, on the grounds of parking issues, has been appealed.

Wales Online

Swansea church hall moves

Under proposals drawn up by the city council, a church hall in Swansea looks set to be demolished and replaced with a brand new building that would also incorporate a broadcasting studio or a café.

Wales Online

Water taxi service between Cardiff and Bristol proposed

Water taxis could soon be travelling between Cardiff and Bristol, powered by "green" energy under proposals unveiled by Plymouth-based business Patriot Yachts. The scheme would see converted passenger ferries shuttle between the two cities using hydrogen-power.

Wales Online

Go ahead for power link project at Pembrokeshire beach

Underground cables linking the UK electricity grid with Ireland will be allowed on National Park land at Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s development management committee has decided.

Western Telegraph

Bikers damage Bronze Age ring cairn

Scrambler motorbike riders have damaged a Bronze Age ring cairn at Tor Clawdd, Mawr near Swansea.

Wales Online

Power lines ‘grounded’ in Snowdonia National Park

10 pylons currently carrying overhead power lines at Dwyryd Estuary in the Snowdonia National Park are to be replaced with cables that run through a 3- kilometre long tunnel in a scheme approved by Gwynedd Council. 

BBC News

Government writes-off  £14.9m in loans after Circuit of Wales debacle

Economy and transport minister Ken Skates has confirmed that the government has written off loans totalling £14.9 million provided for the company behind the abortive Circuit of Wales project in Blaenau Gwent. 

Welsh Government

Better public transport urged now M4 relief road scrapped

A panel of experts has told ministers that better public transport and congestion charging are needed to provide an alternative to the scrapped M4 relief road, in a report highlighting the need for new rail stations, reliable bus services and new cycling routes.

Welsh Government