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01/05/2020

Wales round-up: Ministers mull over raising response to climate emergency; Neath town centre makeover to be consulted on

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 25 April-1 May, 2020

Ministers mull over raising response to climate emergency

Environment minister Lesley Griffiths has revealed that the government is considering ramping up its response to the climate emergency.

The Planner

Co-housing scheme wins RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup

A co-housing scheme in Cambridge has been awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup at the 2020 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence, held on YouTube.

The Planner

Neath town centre makeover to be consulted on

Neath Port Talbot Council has commissioned Asbri Planning Ltd to carry out public consultation on the local authority’s multimillion-pound proposals for a new leisure centre, modern library and retail zone in Neath town centre before the council makes a formal application for planning permission for the development, earmarked for land at Water Street.

Neath Port Talbot Council

Anglesey nuclear development

Horizon Nuclear Power, the company behind the mothballed £12 billion Wylfa Newydd nuclear project on Anglesey, has applied to the county council to extend planning permission for highways works to enable a swift restart on the scheme in future. Work on the huge plant was suspended a year ago after Japanese parent company Hitachi failed to reach a funding deal with the UK Government. An application for a development consent order for the proposal remains live.

Wales Online

Cardiff zip wire company dives

The company behind the controversial Cardiff Bay zip wire attraction is understood to be going through an insolvency process, according to media reports.

Wales Online

Colwyn chapel conversion

The former Engedi Welsh Calvinistic Methodist chapel in Colwyn Bay has been acquired by a property developer who intends to convert it into 18 flats.

Insider Media

Holyhead concern voiced

Lee Waters, deputy minister for economy and transport, has labelled the UK government’s decision to leave the Holyhead-to-Dublin route out of its plan to support ferry service and routes as “unacceptable, inexplicable and irresponsible”. 

Welsh Government 

Powys hotel project

A grade II-listed 19-bedroom hotel in Presteigne, Powys – empty for 12 months – has been sold out of administration by Colliers International to hotel and pub operator Allworks Properties.

Insider Media

Funding for Purolite growth at Llantrisant 

Leading Welsh advanced manufacturing firm Purolite has secured a £226 million funding package with HSBC to support expansion. This includes proposals targeting development of its manufacturing plant and research and development facility at Llantrisant Business Park.

Wales Online

Cardiff LDP in the spotlight

Wales Online has featured the capital’s local development plan, approved in 2016, by highlighting satisfactory progress on the jobs front, particularly in terms of office employment, but a shortfall as far as housing targets are concerned. 

Wales Online

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