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Wales round-up: Heritage Bill proposals, Bodelwyddan development site outline application passed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 17 January-23 January, 2015

Minister says Heritage Bill plans will protect historic sites 

Measures included in the first Wales-only legislation to safeguard the country’s historic environment have been outlined by Ken Skates, deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism.  

The Planner 

Welsh Government publishes Wales’s enterprise zones job stats after information commissioner ruling

Wales’s seven enterprise zones have created more than 2,000 jobs since their launch, the Welsh Government has revealed following an intervention by the information commissioner.

Wales Online 

Bodelwyddan key development site outline application is passed

Outline proposals to build 1,715 homes, a 100-bedroom hotel and a primary school at the village of Bodelwyddan, in Denbighshire, have been approved by the county council.

Denbighshire County Council 

South Wales cities have performed ‘below average’ over past decade

The South Wales cities of Newport, Swansea and Cardiff have performed slightly below the UK average, says Centre for Cities’ Outlook report.

Wales Online 

Councillor suspended for six months after chairing committee that considered best man’s planning application

A Labour councillor on Rhondda Cynon Taf Council who failed to declare an interest when his best man’s planning application was under consideration has been suspended from office for six months.

Wales Online 

Welsh Government is ‘months away’ from revealing new councils’ line-up

Public services minister Leighton Andrews, who is overseeing the task, says an announcement on three council mergers is imminent, but the fuller picture on moves to reduce drastically the number of councils will not be revealed until June.

Wales Online 

Starbucks’ logo plans are turned down as ‘entirely inappropriate’

Coffee giant Starbucks has been rebuffed for a second time over its plans for a large logo on the side of its Aberystwyth outlet.

Wales Online 

Coastal communities to benefit from £4.6 million filip

Some 21 coastal community projects across Wales are set to benefit from £4.6 million, courtesy of the UK Treasury, the Welsh Government and the Big Lottery Fund.

Welsh Government 

Circuit of Wales scheme faces public inquiry in March

A public inquiry into proposals to de-register 600 acres of common land at Rassau, Blaenau Gwent, to allow work on the Circuit of Wales scheme to proceed, will be held in March. 

Wales Online 

Aberystwyth university plans for 45m-high wind turbines

Aberystwyth University has announced that it is considering installing three wind turbines, at a cost of £2.5 million, to meet up to 10 per cent of its electricity needs.

Wales Online 

Development Advice Maps latest

The administration has written to all chief planning officers about new Development Advice Maps (DAMs) as well as important information on shoreline management plans.

Welsh Government 

Cabinet backs ‘exciting’ city centre plans

Swansea City Council’s cabinet has approved ambitious proposals to revamp the city centre, including a major new mixed-use development and the sale and replacement of the civic centre with a waterfront scheme. 

City and County of Swansea