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08/09/2017

Wales round-up: Huge indoor ski slope project mooted for Merthyr Tydfil; 530 Newport home development passed by council

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 2 September-8 September, 2017

Huge indoor ski slope project mooted for Merthyr Tydfil

Proposals to build one of Europe’s longest indoor ski slopes as part of an ambitious leisure complex and regeneration project in Merthyr Tydfil have surfaced.

The Planner

Major 530 Newport home development passed by council

A £70 million development involving 500 homes, a primary school, a pub and a shop has been approved by Newport City Council for the former Corus Whitehead Steelworks site at Mendalgief Road, Pillgwenlly.

BBC News

New flood funding for Porthcawl beach announced

Environment secretary Lesley Griffiths has announced more than £2 million in funding to help reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion affecting homes and businesses at and around Porthcawl Town Beach.

Welsh Government

Housing land availability in Wales

New figures published by the Welsh Government covering housing land availability for 2016 have shown that only six out of 25 Welsh local planning authorities could demonstrate a five-year housing land supply (as at 1 April 2016).

Welsh Government

M4 relief road: Welsh Government bids to buy part of Newport docks

The administration has issued draft compulsory purchase orders for part of Newport docks required for the proposed M4 relief road, currently the subject of a public inquiry.

BBC News

Video fly-through brings Taff Vale redevelopment to life

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has released a fly-through video of what the redevelopment of the former Precinct shopping centre in Pontypridd will look like when the scheme becomes a mixed-use office-led project.

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Heritage impact statements in Wales

Any application for listed building or conservation area consent in Wales must now be accompanied by a heritage impact statement, writes Lichfields Sian Davies.

Lichfields

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon fish data 'overly optimistic'

An assessment on the impact that the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon would have on fish has been described as ‘misleading and overconfident’ by anglers.

BBC News

Cardiff pulls out of European Capital of Culture race

Cardiff has ruled itself out of bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

BBC News

Thresholds and criteria for Developments of National Significance

The administration has published the final report of research commissioned into thresholds and criteria for Developments of National Significance.

Welsh Government

EIA guide published (pdf)

The National Assembly for Wales Research Service has published a brief guide (no 10 in the Planning Series) which provides an overview of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) regime.

Natioanl Assembly for Wales

Homes approved despite mine works concerns

Eight new homes have been given the go ahead at Hendy, Llanelli despite concerns over the land being above what some believe was once mine works.

Wales Online

Plans go in for 600-cabin Afan Valley Adventure Resort

More details of the proposed Afan Valley Adventure Resort have been unveiled in a scoping report submitted to Neath Port Talbot Council, which reveals plans for 600 cabins, a 100-bed hotel, spa, central ‘plaza’ with restaurants and shops and dozens of different adventure sports.

Wales Online

Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill receives Royal Assent

The Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act, which has just received the Royal Assent, will trigger a scheme to support local projects that promote or improve the social or environmental wellbeing of communities affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.

Welsh Government

'Insulting' Flint Castle iron ring plans scrapped

Plans for an ‘insulting’ iron ring sculpture at Flint Castle have been scrapped by the government following claims it symbolised the oppression of Welsh people.

BBC News

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