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Wales round-up: New policies on second homes in prospect; 705 Swansea homes approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 3 July-9 July, 2021

New policies on second homes in prospect in Wales

Climate change minister Julie James announced this week that part of Wales will become a pilot area for new measures such as changes to tax and planning regulations in a bid to tackle Wales’s second homes crisis.

The Planner

705 Swansea homes approved

Swansea City Council has approved detailed permission for 705 homes, 20 per cent of which will be affordable. Persimmon Homes will build the homes on a 50-hectare site north of the garden village development at Gorseinon. The scheme includes a new 3.3-hectare park and a network of pedestrian routes and green spaces.

Swansea City Council

Latest legislation listed but no planning consolidated bill yet

The Welsh Government’s initial legislative programme, announced this week, does not include either a planning consolidation bill or, separately, a clean air bill but will see a so-called heritage consolidation bill that will bring together a mass of old, complicated legislation relating to listed buildings and the historic environment, to create a single and fully bilingual law. Subordinate legislation making 20mph the default speed limit in residential areas and banning pavement parking wherever possible is also scheduled during the first year of the new administration

Welsh Government

Mid-year pop stats

Latest official mid-year population statistics indicate that on 30 June 2020 there were estimated to be 3,170,000 people living in Wales – an increase of 0.5 per cent on mid-2019 figures. It reveals that people aged 65 or over are estimated to account for 21 per cent of the total population, the highest proportion of all UK countries.

Welsh Government

Phosphate guidance updated

Natural Resources Wales has updated its guidance for planning authorities where applications affect phosphorus-sensitive river Special Areas of Conservation, of which there are nine: Cleddau, Dee, Eden, Glaslyn, Gwyrfai, Teifi, Twyi, Usk and Wye.

Natural Resources Wales

Lidl eyes up new Swansea store

Discount retailer Lidl has revealed proposals for a new 1,860-square-metre store and drive-through at a vacant site in the Blackpill area of Swansea formerly occupied by a filling station.

Insider Media

Key Bridgend active travel route backed

Bridgend County Borough Council’s cabinet has approved plans for an active travel route along Cowbridge Road, which would provide the final major link in the Pencoed-to-Bridgend town centre network.

Bridgend County Borough Council

Felindre chapel conversion

A 200-year-old isolated chapel at Felindre, Swansea, is set for a new lease of life as a residential retreat and holiday let.

Wales Online

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