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Wales round-up: New rail station between Cardiff and Newport gains traction; Wrexham housing scheme submitted to council

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 19 January-25 January, 2019

New rail station between Cardiff and Newport gains traction

Ambitious proposals for a new park-and-ride mainline rail station and business district located between Newport and Cardiff have made significant progress.

The Planner

Ian Tant inaugurated as the 2019 RTPI president

A ceremony has been held in London to inaugurate Ian Tant MRTPI as the president of the RTPI for 2019.

The Planner

Brexit poses opportunity to give planners more flexibility

While ‘substantive gains’ have been made in the UK from EU environmental directives, concerns are growing about the implementation of them owing to resource shortages.

The Planner

Wrexham housing scheme submitted to council

Proposals for up to 600 homes for a 28-hectare farmland site three kilometres north-east of Wrexham town centre have been submitted to the planning authority by a consortium of housing developers and the trustees of the Wrexham (Parochial) Education Foundation.

Insider Media

Swansea Bay City Deal probe consultancy named

The Welsh Government has confirmed to The Planner reports in Wales Online that the Welsh and UK Governments have jointly appointed Actica Consulting to carry out the independent review of the Swansea Bay City Deal announced in December. Work has begun and “further updates will be made available when appropriate”.

Wales Online

Port Talbot loses prison but may gain homes

Plans by the Ministry of Justice for a Category C super-prison at a site in an enterprise zone in Port Talbot have been withdrawn after strong local objections. Separately, proposals have been unveiled for up to 140 new homes on the site of a former oil refinery in the town.

BBC News and Insider Media

Carmarthenshire rail line touted for tourist trail

An application has been submitted to Carmarthenshire County Council to create a public right of way between the villages of Login and Llanglydwen, using the route of a former rail line that campaigners believe would prove a tourist draw.

BBC News

Capital homes for school sites

Cardiff City Council has approved plans for more than 250 new homes. They will be built on two former high school sites owned by the local authority in Rumney and Penylan.

Wales Online

Mobile network blues

Welsh Assembly Members have warned that Wales is in danger of being left behind in the delivery of the next-generation mobile network unless the Welsh Government steps up its efforts.

Welsh Assembly