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Wales round-up: Minister admits stronger links required between housing need and planning; Wrexham masterplan work approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 6 July-12 July, 2019

Minister admits stronger links required between housing need and planning

The Welsh Government has accepted the need to strengthen the links between housing need and the planning process.

The Planner

Public lacks trust in developers

The public lacks trust in developers and the planning system, according to a survey published by property firm Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.

The Planner

UK climate action ‘lagging behind’

The UK Government must demonstrate that it is serious about meeting its legal obligations to tackle and prepare for climate change, says the Committee on Climate Change.

The Planner

Wrexham masterplan work approved

The executive board of Wrexham County Borough Council has approved work on a masterplan involving the revamp of the town’s football stadium as part of a mixed-use scheme for a new hotel, housing and commercial and retail floor space in an area which constitutes a major gateway to the town.

Wrexham County Borough Council

Cardiff student block change-of-use bid

A property developer has submitted a change of use application that would see a major part of the erstwhile 644-bedroom West Wing student development in Cardiff’s Adamstown – currently under construction – becoming a hotel as well as housing non-students.

Insider Media

Afan Valley Adventure Resort moves

The future of the high-profile Afan Valley Adventure Resort is looking increasingly uncertain now that the High Court in London has appointed insolvency firm Duff and Phelps as interim administrators of Northern Powerhouse Developments Ltd, the development firm behind the project.

Wales Online

Swansea social housing

A vacant former industrial park in Swansea destroyed by a huge fire in October could have a new lease of life as the base for a new social housing scheme.

Wales Online

Llandrindod smallholding saga

Eddie McIntosh, the farmer at the centre of a decade-long planning battle with Powys County Council, has finally been granted retrospective planning permission for his ‘green’ Mellowcroft smallholding in Llandegley, Llandrindod Wells.

Wales Online

Meadow biodiversity boost

A conservation scheme piloted by National Trust Wales is starting to bring back rare wildlife and plants to the country’s meadows.

BBC News

No call-in for Llanelli wellness village project

Ministers have decided not to call in the £200 million wellness and life sciences health and leisure project at Llanelli’s Delta Lakes, which has been approved by Carmarthenshire County Council.

BBC News

Port Talbot wind farm bid

Following a competitive bidding process Natural Resources Wales has offered a partnership between Coriolis Energy and Irish power company ESB the opportunity to build a wind farm on a Welsh Government woodland estate managed by NRW near Port Talbot.

Natural Resources Wales

Powys backs Llandrindod poultry project

Powys County Council has approved proposals for a 100,000-broiler chicken farm between Llandrindod Wells and Newbridge-on-Wye, but has deferred a decision on a 37,000-bird unit at Old Impton Farm, near Presteigne, pending a site visit.

County Times

Neath Port Talbot Council fears loss of city deal scheme

The leader of Neath Port Talbot Council has admitted that the local authority is likely to lose one of its Swansea Bay City Deal projects once a review has been undertaken.

Wales Online

Swansea Valley spoil threat

A school near Ystalyfera has been forced to close because of concerns about the possible risk of a landslide from quarry spoil in the Swansea Valley.

BBC News