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Wales round-up: New government announces ‘green’ programme; Taylor Wimpey proposes homes for Plasdwr garden city

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 12 June-18 June

New Welsh Government announces ‘green’ programme

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford this week set out his administration’s programme for the next five years – one which is stacked with green commitments.

The Planner

UK is ‘failing’ to use its resources to address climate crisis risks

Action in the UK to improve its resilience to the climate crisis is ‘failing’ to keep pace with the impacts of a warming planet, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

The Planner

UK infrastructure bank opens

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has opened the UK infrastructure bank, which seeks to support local growth and tackle climate change.

The Planner

Taylor Wimpey proposes homes for Plasdwr garden city

Taylor Wimpey has lodged detailed proposals with Cardiff City Council for 337 homes, 30 per cent of which would be affordable. They are earmarked for the Pendown neighbourhood, part of the Plasdŵr garden city development, the huge new sustainable community taking shape near Fairwater, Pentrebane, Radyr, and St Fagans on the north-western flank of the capital.

Insider Media

Abertillery turbines

Green energy developer Pennant Walters has unveiled proposals for an eight-turbine 48-megawatt wind farm at a site on a hillside overlooking Abertillery.

Wales Online

Capital bus station and housing block

Cardiff City Council has revealed its detailed revised plans for a new bus station and a block of council flats on a derelict brownfield site at Waungron Road, next to the A48 Western Avenue, and Waun-gron Park rail station.

Wales Online

Swansea battery storage scheme

Energy company Statkraft UK Ltd has lodged an application with Swansea City Council for a battery storage project on a four-hectare site at Morriston.

Wales Online

Margam metal-bashing

Neath-based company Sandvik Osprey Ltd has applied to Neath Port Talbot Council to build a 1,000 square-metre metal processing plant  on farmland at Margam.

Wales Online

Wrexham homes refusal appeal

Landowner James Sadowski has appealed Wrexham County Borough Council’s refusal of plans to build 17 new homes at a former Polish hospital site on the outskirts of the village of Penley.

BBC News

Newport day care centre homes blocked

Proposals to build eight new homes on the site of a former day care centre in Newport’s Oaklands Road have been rejected by the city council over privacy issues.

Wales Online

Merthyr Tydfil active travel route

Merthyr Tydfil Council has begun consulting on a shared route for pedestrians and cyclists running alongside Avenue De Clichy, the main road in and out of Merthyr Tydfil town centre.

Wales Online

Visitor’s hub for capital reservoirs site backed

Welsh Water’s proposals for a visitor hub and other facilities at Cardiff’s Victorian-era Llanishen and Lisvane reservoirs have been recommended for approval by city planners.

Insider Media

Caernarfon McDonald’s signage wrangle sorted

Fast-food giant McDonald's has been given the green light for English-language digital screens at a Caernarfon drive-thru after a planning row with Gwynedd Council who had originally demanded  bilingual signage.

Wales Online

No call-in for Pembroke dockyard project

Ambitious but contentious proposals to transform Pembroke Dock’s historic dockyard area will not be called in by Welsh ministers, the government has confirmed.

BBC News

Cardiff bridgeworks

Three new bridges are planned to be built over the River Taff in Cardiff for pedestrians and cyclists: at the Brains Brewery development just south of the train station, at the Vastint development off Dumballs Road and at Channel View in Grangetown.

Wales Online

Welsh potential fusion power plant sites named

Two of the 15 potential sites in the running to host the UK's first prototype fusion power plant are in Wales: Pembroke and Aberthaw (Vale of Glamorgan).

UK Government

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