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Wales round-up: Marine blueprint highlights offshore oil and gas development clash; Edge of Cardiff housing scheme unveiled

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 9 November-15 November, 2019

Marine blueprint highlights offshore oil and gas development clash

The Welsh Government has published the country's first strategic plan for marine management.

The Planner

Edge of capital housing scheme unveiled

Proposals to build 250 homes as well as a new road bridge across the River Ely have been unveiled for Leckwith Quays, a 7.7-hectare brownfield site that straddles the boundary between Cardiff City Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Insider Media

Irish Sea power link progress

The first planning applications for the marine components of a proposed 500-megawatt electricity interconnector between Ireland and Wales across the Irish Sea have been submitted by developer Greenlink Interconnector Limited. In Wales, a marine licence application has been made to Natural Resources Wales. There will be separate applications and consultation processes for the onshore works in Pembrokeshire, where the cables come ashore.

Greenlink Interconnector Ltd

Snowdonia gets lion’s share of national park and AONB funding

Snowdonia National Pak is benefiting from the lion’s share of the £4 million extra capital funding announced by the Welsh Government for national parks and AONBs. It will see £1.8 million allocated to the North Wales park authority, while the other two national parks will share nearly £1.5 million. The five AONBs will enjoy a funding boost worth more than £600,000, over half of which will go to Ynys Môn AONB.

Welsh Government

Powys petition over third-party comments

The Brecon and Radnor branch of conservation group the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) is petitioning Powys County Council to publish third-party comments on planning applications on its website.

Brecon-and-Radnor CPRW

Watchdog slams Mumbles planning spend

Mumbles Community Council has been criticised by the Auditor General for Wales, Adrian Crompton, for the way it spent thousands of pounds on planning consultancy fees with the same firm.

Wales Audit Office

Glan Conwy housing mooted

Calon Homes has applied to Conwy County Borough Council to build 111 houses, 30 per cent of which would be affordable, on a five-hectare site in Glan Conwy.

Wales Online

Llanteg nature project approved

An eco-tourism and education centre at Llanteg, Pembrokeshire, designed to feature moths, butterfly, birds and insects has been given the go-ahead despite concerns about road safety and traffic.

BBC News

Harlech US fighter crash site safeguarded

An American fighter plane that crashed off the North Wales coast at Harlech, Gwynedd, in the Second World War is to be safeguarded for its historic and archaeological importance by Cadw, which said it was the first time a military aircraft crash site in the UK had been legally protected in this way.

BBC News

Swansea industrial and office project

A light industrial and office development offering 5,300 square feet of floor space has been proposed for a site near Amazon's Swansea complex at Jersey Marine.

Insider Media

Zip wire developments at Tower Colliery and in Cardiff

Zip World has unveiled proposals to install three zip wire courses at the former Tower Colliery site near Hirwaun in Rhondda Cynon as Taff city Zip Company formally withdrew proposals for an ambitious scheme in the capital.

BBC News and Wales Online

Curtain-up on Theatr Clwyd revamp

Flintshire Council has submitted proposals for the £30 million revamp of one of Wales's top theatres – Theatr Clwyd, in Mold.

Wales Online

Cardiff Airport goes solar

Cardiff Airport has reached an agreement with Bridgend-based company Cenin Renewables for the installation of a two-megawatt solar farm at its facility.

Insider Media

Government writes to chief planners about biodiversity (pdf)

The Welsh Government has written to chief planning officers clarifying the weight that is to be given to biodiversity enhancements considering legislation and policy changes under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and Planning Policy Wales 10, respectively.