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Wales round-up: Major holiday village proposed for Menai Strait site; Six-month delay for Anglesey nuclear power plant

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 19 October-25 October, 2019

Major holiday village proposed for Menai Strait site

Developer Maybrook Investments has launched a pre-application consultation exercise for an ambitious major holiday village development on the banks of the Menai Strait in North Wales.

The Planner

Six-month delay for Anglesey nuclear power plant DCO

Energy secretary Andrea Leadsom has deferred her decision on a development consent order (DCO) for a stalled nuclear power plant on Anglesey until the end of March next year.

The Planner

Bids open to research planning outcomes

The RTPI has issued an invitation to tender (ITT) for research that aims to identify the most important outcomes in spatial planning and feasible ways to measure them.

The Planner

Capital student complex is increased

Developer East Bay Cardiff has submitted revised proposals for a £60 million student complex in the city centre to the capital’s planning authority. The plans would see the number of bedrooms provided increased from 711 to 728 at the site of the Evans Halshaw Citroen facility close to the Motorpoint arena.

Insider Media

Traffic concerns blight new Wrexham neighbourhood

Russell Homes’ proposed new ‘neighbourhood’ of 455 houses earmarked for land off Mold Road in Stansty, Wrexham, is facing opposition because of traffic fears.

BBC News

Green power growth

Last year some 50 per cent of the country’s electricity demand, up from 48 per cent in 2017, came from renewable energy schemes, the government has reported.

Welsh Government

Llanelli regeneration masterplan outlined

Llanelli’s Tyisha ward is set to be transformed as part of a multimillion-pound regeneration initiative based on a masterplan that highlights the need for mixed-use housing developments, environmental improvements, more community facilities, bringing vacant business premises back into use, and providing opportunities for education, training and employment.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Anglesey solar power concerns

A huge 49.9-megawatt solar park proposed for a site on western Anglesey near the RSPB Valley Wetlands reserve would ruin the area for tourism and use up good farming land, campaigners have claimed.

BBC News

Cardiff barrage bus move?

Councillors around Cardiff Bay are considering a proposal to allow buses to run along the barrage in a bid to boost transport links between the capital and Penarth.

BBC News

Rhondda Cynon Taf LDP

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s cabinet has agreed to undertake a full review of its current local development plan as it embarks on framing a replacement land-use blueprint covering the period 2020 to 2030.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Bridgend sustainable transport hub

A new ‘sustainable’ transport hub offering parking and electric charging-points for buses, cars and HGVs at a site in Parc Stormy, near Bridgend, has been recommended for approval.

Insider Media

Llandrindod Wells landmark conversion

A landmark building that previously housed a hardware retailer could be converted into a mixed-use development with a recording studio, café, flexible office space and flats. The proposals are for the Bradleys Building and warehouse in Llandrindod Wells, built in 1903.

Insider Media

Further Mid-Wales rewilding troubles

Rewilding Britain, the lead partner of a £3.4 million project to restore the countryside across Mid Wales and out into Cardigan Bay to its natural state has pulled out of the Summit to Sea initiative, a rewilding scheme that has triggered controversy among farmers and the local communities that would be affected.

BBC News

Sacred trail to be established

A 708-kilometre long pilgrimage trail linking 500 churches and chapels in Wales is being established as a result of the National Churches Trust joining forces with Visit Wales and making use of the latter’s three national routes: The Coastal Way, The Cambrian Way and The North Wales Way.

BBC News

Swansea common land ruling

A Welsh Government inspector has turned down an application to register Gorseinon's Parc y Werin as common land in a move that means a primary school on a small part of the site can continue to be built.

Swansea City Council

NDF consultation extension

The consultation period for the Draft National Development Framework is being extended by two weeks and will now close on Friday 15 November 2019, owing to a small number of non-material omissions and inaccuracies in the original documentation.

Welsh Government

Derelict Denbigh hospital development unveiled

Up to 300 new homes, commercial development, space for Denbigh Cricket Club and the restoration of the grade II-listed main building at the now-empty North Wales Hospital have been proposed for the site of what was once known as the Denbigh Asylum.

Insider Media