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Wales round-up: Land deal boosts Bridgend housing, opencast mining summit

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18 April-24 April, 2015

Land deal boosts Bridgend housing

Nearly 600 new homes are to be built on a 39-hectare site at Parc Derwen in Coity, near Bridgend, following the exchange of contracts between the Welsh Government and Persimmon Homes.

The Planner

Decision on called-in application for Robertstown Industrial Estate, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Planning minister Carl Sargeant has approved proposals for a new food store, petrol filling station and a car park at Robertstown, Aberdare, after agreeing with the recommendation of a planning inspector that the flooding risk could be managed acceptably.

Welsh Government

Development Management Quarterly Survey (October to December 2014)

Latest development management quarterly figures - for the final three months of 2014 - show that Bridgend County Borough Council was the best-performing Welsh planning authority after it determined 93 per cent of applications within eight weeks. Ceredigion County Council performed the worst, managing to deal with only 52 per cent of applications within the statutory eight-week period.

Welsh Government

Deeside incinerator plans rejected by Flintshire council

Plans for an energy-from-waste facility at a site at Deeside Industrial Park to handle waste from Flintshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd and Anglesey have been rejected by councillors.

BBC News

Burry Port harbour area regeneration project on hold

A major regeneration project involving proposals for hundreds of new homes for an area around Burry Port harbour has been put on hold following intervention by the Welsh government.

BBC News

Natural resources minister to convene summit on opencast mining

Natural resources minister Carl Sargeant has announced plans to convene a summit to develop a distinctive Welsh deal on opencast mining.

Welsh Government

Sea of signs advertising properties to let set to be a thing of the past in two of Cardiff's main student areas

New powers for Cardiff City Council mean letting agents’ ‘to let’ boards will no longer be permitted development in the Cathays and Plasnewydd areas of the capital.

Wales Online