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13/04/2017

Wales round-up: Huge adventure sports project makes waves in Afan Valley; EU funding boost

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 8 April-13 April, 2017

Huge adventure sports project makes waves in Afan Valley

The leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Ali Thomas, has confirmed that the local authority is in talks over ambitious proposals for a huge adventure sports project earmarked for a 202-hectare site in the Afan Valley.

The Planner

Consultation on reforming local government closes

The deadline (11 April) for submissions to the government’s consultation on proposed local government reorganisation, including mandatory regional sharing of planning services, has now passed and the consultation is closed.

Welsh Government

EU funding boost 

Economy secretary Ken Skates has announced that more than £24 million will be available for the development and marketing of tourism through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. This is jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Welsh Government

133 new homes plan turned down

Penrhyn Homes plans for a 133-home residential development at Meliden, Denbighshire, have been turned down against the advice of council planners.

BBC News

Plans for Velindre Cancer Centre in Whitchurch

Proposals for a new cancer centre in Cardiff on land north of the Whitchurch Hospital playing fields have been unveiled by the local NHS Trust.

BBC News

Decision due on plans to turn fire-destroyed bingo hall into flats

Plans to build 47 flats at the site of a former bingo hall in Adamsdown, Cardiff, are being revisited after the developer requested that its contribution towards affordable housing and open space be reduced.

Wales Online

Former bank could be turned into restaurant and flats

Plans in principle to turn a former bank in Cardiff Bay into a restaurant and flats, including a penthouse, have been supported by Cardiff city planners.

Wales Online

Section of Tywi Valley Path approved

Planning permission for the second section of the 25.7-kilometre Tywi Valley Path in Carmarthenshire has been given the go-ahead. 

BBC News

Zip wire plans approved

Proposals for a climbing wall and zip wire in the garden of a Newport home have been given the green light, despite concerns that the owner could use it as a business.

South Wales Argus

Monmouthshire waste permit refused

Natural Resources Wales has refused an environmental permit application for a waste facility in Caerwent, Monmouthshire, over concerns about the environmental impact of the management and storage of the waste.

Natural Resources Wales

Last call for applications for two Property Development Funds

Ministers have urged companies and developers to make bids for development funding from the £7 million Property for Business Development Grant Fund and the £7 million Property Infrastructure Fund.

Welsh Government

£685m Milford Haven biomass plant plans on hold

Consideration of a biomass plant by the Planning Inspectorate, which would create 560 jobs at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, have been put on hold because of inadequate environmental impact information.

BBC News 

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