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Wales round-up: International status of national parks and AONBs under threat; 500-bed student accommodation approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 29 July-4 August, 2017

International status of Wales’s national parks and AONBs under threat

The International Union for Conservation of Nature World Commission on Protected Areas has warned that Wales’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty risk forfeiting their status as internationally recognised protected areas if contemplated reforms to the existing planning and designation regime are implemented.

The Planner

Five new train stations for England and Wales

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it will invest more than £16 million in building five new railway stations in England and Wales.

The Planner

500-bed student accommodation approved

A 500-bed student accommodation block looks set to be built at a key gateway into Swansea after a Welsh Government inspector allowed the developer’s appeal.

Wales Online

Over 20 projects set to benefit from EU property development funds

Twenty-eight projects – with a total private sector investment of over £32 million – are set to benefit from two EU property development funds and deliver a range of new and refurbished high-quality commercial premises across Wales.

Welsh Government

Anglesey agrees framework for future land use

Isle of Anglesey and Gwynedd Councils have approved their joint local development plan, which provides for 6,000 new homes over the 15-year plan period.

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Gower development meets opposition

Plans for a 63-dwelling development on the Gower Peninsula half a mile from Caswell Bay have met with opposition from residents. 

Wales Online

Care home confirmed for Abergavenny

A 70-bedroom care home is now set to go ahead at Llanfoist, Abergavenny, following a land deal involving the Westgate regeneration scheme.

Wales Online

Concerns over housing associations diversifying

The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has voiced concern at how housing associations are regulated now that some are investing in student and nursing accommodation, independent maintenance services, or retail and other commercial opportunities, all of which are outside their core purpose of providing social housing.

National Assembly for Wales

Welsh border scheme secures £1m grant

The Black Mountains Land Use Partnership has announced it has been successful in securing a grant of just over £1 million from the European Agricultural Fund for its sustainable management scheme for an iconic area of uplands common spanning the England-Wales border across Breconshire, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire.


Cable car plan for Swansea

Plans for cable cars, a toboggan and even a zip wire for Swansea’s Kilvey Hill are under consideration by the city council.

Wales Online

Swansea Uni’s £30m activity centre plan for Singleton Park

Plans for a student precinct, including a £30 million activity centre, have been revealed by Swansea University.

BBC News

Haverfordwest new cinema complex given go-ahead by council

Proposals for a five-screen cinema and four restaurants along the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, have been approved by the council’s planning committee.

BBC News

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct ‘potential to bring more jobs’

A masterplan is being drawn up to try to exploit unused land in the shadow of Wrexham’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct world heritage site to attract more visitors and boost economic prospects.

BBC News

Supermarket is ‘totally unsuitable’ for residential area

More than 700 people have signed a petition against the plans for a supermarket and two other food outlets in the Johnstown area of Carmarthen.

Wales Online

Plans for £18m Dogs Trust home in Cardiff unveiled

Proposals for an £18 million ‘world-class’ dogs’ home at Splott in Cardiff are finally set to be decided by councillors.

Wales Online