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Wales round-up: Huge Newport solar farm is first of a kind; Wrexham LDP progress

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 10 November-16 November, 2018

Huge Newport solar farm is first of a kind

A large solar farm has been approved near Newport, the first green energy scheme to receive planning permission as a Development of National Significance under the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.

The Planner

Embracing technology will allow planners time to plan

Planning and technology experts have urged the planning profession to take bolder steps to embrace digital technology.

The Planner

Land use policy should reward those who mitigate climate change

Reform is required to make sure that land is a more effective carbon store. Landowners that deliver such climate mitigating objectives should be rewarded.

The Planner

Wrexham LDP progress

Wrexham Borough Council’s draft replacement local development plan with provision for some 8,000 new homes has been backed by the council’s executive board and will be considered by the full council next week.

BBC News

Surf Snowdonia scheme approved

A £10 million hotel and adventure centre development at Surf Snowdonia’s site has been given the green light by Conwy councillors. This is against the advice of officials and in the face of objections from the Snowdonia National Park Authority and the Campaign for the Protection for Rural Wales.

BBC News

Cardiff stadium moves

The development of a new 15,000-seat stadium for Cardiff has moved a step closer, with the city council’s cabinet set to authorise negotiations for a heads of terms agreement on the purchase of the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay, earmarked as the site for the new facility.

Wales Online

Cheers for Swansea distillery

A historic Swansea industrial building at the Hafod Morfa Copperworks is set to be redeveloped into a whisky distillery and visitor centre after the project was awarded a £3.57 million grant from the National Lottery.

Insider Media

SuDS regs approved

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) will become mandatory for new property developments in Wales from next year following regulations introduced by the Welsh Government and approved by the Welsh assembly this week.

Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales

Powys trophy gun listed

The Garth Gun in Powys, one of Britain’s last surviving German trophy guns from the World War I, has been listed by CADW in time for the centenary of that conflict’s end.


Broadband boost for the capital

The Welsh capital will be among the first six cities in the UK to get faster and more reliable 5G coverage in 2019, according to mobile network provider EE.

The Scotsman

Newport masterplan published

An ‘alternative masterplan’ for Newport has been published by Nicholas Webb, former chairman of the Newport Civic Society.

Wales Online