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Wales round-up: Local transport projects across SE Wales gather momentum; Wellness Village gets ‘all clear’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 2 March-8 March, 2019

Local transport projects across SE Wales gather momentum

A slew of local transport schemes, all planned to support the implementation of the South Wales Metro, have been identified for the first phase of what is a key element of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.

The Planner

Government signs off offshore wind sector deal

A government-industry sector deal for offshore wind has been signed off by energy secretary Greg Clark. It could see the number of related jobs triple to 27,000 by 2030.

The Planner

Wellness Village gets ‘all clear’

An independent audit and a separate legal review have both found that Carmarthenshire County Council acted with sound governance and proper risk management, and that they had protected public assets in respect of the £200 million Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village scheme. The local authority’s executive board considered the report this week.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Chicken farming projects in Pembrokeshire and Powys

At least 25,000 people have objected to proposals to double the number of free-range hens housed at a farm in Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, while, separately Powys County Council has approved a 16,000-bird facility at Llanwnog, near Caersws.

Wales Online and BBC News

Flintshire homes blocked

Proposals for a 66-home development on a 1.86 hectare site near Buckley, Flintshire, have been refused.

Insider Media

Greenlight for Newport flats

Plans for two blocks of flats on the banks of the River Usk near Newport have been backed approval by city planners.

Insider Media

Solar homes approved in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire

The company behind Ty Solar homes, the low-carbon factory-built timber houses made in Wales, has received planning approval for two sites – one in Carmarthenshire and the other in Pembrokeshire – which will see a total 47 new homes constructed.

Wales Online

Kidwelly homes race ahead

A further 139 new homes are set to be built on land next to Ffos Las racecourse at Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire now that Persimmon Homes has obtained outline permission for a second phase of development at the location, once an opencast coal mine.

Wales Online

Nuke waste snub

Finance minister Rebecca Evans, deputising for the FM during the Senedd plenary on 5 March, told AMs that the government had “no intention to bring forward any proposals for radioactive waste disposal sites in Wales”.

National Assembly for Wales

Thumbs up for Llay housing

Proposals for 51 houses in Llay, a village near Wrexham, have been approved despite claims that the local GP surgery was already at bursting point.

BBC News