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Wales round-up: Major housing scheme approved for Pontypool but Wrexham project blocked; Flintshire housing proposals submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 25 July-31 July 2020

Major housing scheme approved for Pontypool, but Wrexham project blocked

Mixed fortunes this week for two major residential schemes with the go-ahead for a 900-home urban village in Pontypool but refusal for a 600-house project earmarked for land on the outskirts of Wrexham. The latter decision was against the recommendation of officers.

The Planner 

Interactive roadmap seeks to aid improvement of town centres

The Better Towns Roadmap consortium has launched an interactive roadmap to help to ‘transform’ towns across the UK.

The Planner

Flintshire housing proposals submitted

Developer Elan Homes has submitted proposals to the county council for 95 new homes at a site in the Flintshire village of Higher Kinnerton.

BBC News

Holyhead homes row

Anglesey Council has received an application to convert Holyhead’s former Crown Post Office into eight flats and maisonettes, a move that the children’s nursery next door fears could lead to antisocial behaviour.

North Wales Chronicle

Wrexham slag heap moves

A concrete block-making plant could be built as part of controversial proposals to remove the landmark slag heap at Bersham colliery in Wrexham.

BBC News

Cardiff affordable housing 

Wales and West Housing Association and Jehu Group have applied for permission for 50 affordable dwellings and a retail unit on land at Colchester Avenue, Penylan, about 3.5 miles to the north east of Cardiff city centre.

Insider Media

Rail testing project earthworks approved

Powys County Council and Neath Port Talbot Council have approved consent for the earthworks for the proposed rail testing facility earmarked for the mothballed opencast mine at Nant Helen and the nearby coal washery site at Onllwyn.

Welsh Government

Better connections

Openreach has outlined plans to make ultra-reliable and gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband available to homes and businesses in more than 45 market towns and villages across Wales, including Aberystwyth and Pwllheli.

Business Live

Swansea draft SPG consultations

Swansea City Council has approved two new draft supplementary planning guidance (SPG) documents for consultation: one on development and biodiversity and the other covering trees, hedgerows and woodland on development sites.

Wales Online

Flood management funding

The Welsh Government has announced it is supporting 10 natural flood management projects with more than £2 million in grant funding.

Welsh Government

Tech approved building for Port Talbot

A three-storey technology centre for start-up businesses is to be built at the Baglan Bay Energy Park, Port Talbot, after Neath Port Talbot Council approved the project this week.

Wales Online

Snowdonia plant decommissioned

The former Trawsfynydd Magnox nuclear plant in Snowdonia has been named as the first commercial atomic plant in the UK to be fully decommissioned.

BBC News