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Wales round-up: Ministers plan legislation on regional working; Questions raised about business record of Welsh adventure resort developer

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 22 June-28 June, 2019

Welsh ministers plan legislation on regional working

Welsh local government minister Julie James has told AMs of plans to legislate for a form of democratically accountable regional working that could involve planning, transport and economic development.

The Planner

Questions raised about business record of Welsh adventure resort developer

An investigation by The Guardian and ITV News, reported this week, has raised serious questions about the business track record of Gavin Woodhouse, the developer behind ambitious proposals for a £200 million Afan Valley Adventure Resort in South Wales, and his past financial behaviour.

The Planner

Draft strategy on flood risk and coastal erosion published

Proposals to tackle flood risk and coastal erosion through ‘green infrastructure’ and new flood risk maps have been highlighted by the government as it begins consulting on a new national strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management.

Welsh Government

Cardiff’s Howells building revamp proposed

Proposals to reconfigure the landmark Howells building in the centre of Cardiff to create a new pedestrian area and open the 19th century Bethany Chapel inside the property have been submitted to the city council alongside a change-of-use application from retail to mixed use.

Wales Online

Housing for former Flintshire RAF base

Plans by Countrywide Properties for nearly 300 homes, the first phase of the regeneration of the former RAF Sealand base in Flintshire, have been approved by the county council.

Insider Media

Neath Valley tree planting boost

The Woodland Trust has unveiled proposals for some 95 hectares of new native woodland involving the planting of 150,000 trees on farmland above Neath Port Talbot’s Gnoll Country Park.

BBC News

Flintshire road route row

Protestors are petitioning against the Flintshire Corridor scheme, a new road in north-east Wales, which they claim would do “untold damage” to ancient woodland and natural habitats.

BBC News

Lampeter campus concern

Uncertainty is growing over the future of Wales’s oldest academic institution – the Lampeter campus of University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

BBC News

Northop chalet proposal

A country park site, previously earmarked for a 198-bedroom hotel, could be developed with 30 tourist chalets under new plans for the location next to the Northop Golf Club in Flintshire.

Insider Media

Carbon-neutral homes proposed for Pontardawe

Housebuilder Sero Homes has unveiled plans for 35 carbon-neutral homes on land allocated for residential development in the Neath Port Talbot local development plan at Rhydyfro, Pontardawe.

Insider Media

Delta Lakes designs revealed

Carmarthenshire County Council has revealed the latest designs for the first phase of the £200 million Wellness Village in Delta Lakes involving the so-called Community Health and Wellbeing Hub. It will include a state-of-the-art leisure and aquatic centre as well as walking and cycling paths, car parking and site-wide landscaping.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Port Talbot biomass plant powers up

The Margam Green Energy Plant, a 40-megawatt biomass project fuelled by waste wood approved by Neath Port Talbot Council in 2014, is now operational.


Listing move for flooded village memorial

CADW is consulting on proposals to list at grade II* the Capel Celyn Memorial Chapel built to commemorate a village flooded in 1965 as part of a reservoir project to supply water for Liverpool.

Welsh Government

Colwyn Bay chapel conversion?

A historic grade-II former Methodist chapel in Colwyn Bay, currently used for storage and which had been considered for conversion into a hotel or flats, could become office or warehouse space under proposals submitted to Conwy Council.

Insider Media