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Wales round-up: New Welsh household projections will shape debate on housing provision; Mixed-use scheme submitted in Swansea

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 25 March-31 March, 2017

New Welsh household projections will shape debate on housing provision

The Welsh Government has published revised local authority household projections to replace data based on 2011 figures. The latest data set is based on 2014 figures.

The Planner

Mixed-use scheme submitted in Swansea

An outline planning application that includes shops, restaurants and residential units has been submitted to the City and County of Swansea Council.

The Planner

Dementia-friendly housing charter launched

Alzheimer’s Society, the dementia support and research charity, has called on housing associations to sign up to its new dementia-friendly housing charter and improve the lives of people living with the condition.

The Planner

Over a million used Help to Buy

More than 868,000 have opened a Help to Buy ISA while at least 259,000 people have bought a home using another of the government’s Help to Buy schemes, according to government statistics.

The Planner

RTPI Cymru recommendations on planning committee size made into law

The Welsh Government is introducing new regulations to maximise efficiency in the planning process based on recommendations put forward in an independent RTPI Cymru study.


Quarter of a billion pound boost for Wales’s rural communities

Environment and farming secretary Lesley Griffiths has confirmed that £223 million of funding will be available under the administration’s Rural Development Programme until the end of the decade.

Welsh Government

Welsh ‘Domesday Book’ of plants is world first

Wales has become the first country in the world to have a complete record of its rare flowering plants and ferns.

Natural Resources Wales

Circuit of Wales: Motor track decision expected mid-May

A decision on whether to back the £425 million Circuit of Wales with public money will not be taken until about mid-May, the administration has signalled.

BBC News

Funding boost announced for South Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone

Marine energy development in Wales received a boost yesterday (30 March) with more than £300,000 funding announced for work on the proposed South Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone – the largest wave energy seabed lease in the world.

Welsh Government

£1.4bn could be invested in wave and tidal energy

A sector report has highlighted that marine energy is developing a momentum that could see a potential £1.4 billion invested in Wales over the next five years.

Wales Online

Barry Island’s grade II-listed toilet block on the market

The grade II-listed public conveniences on Barry Island are being placed back on the market for a third time, and this time they could become holiday or private residential accommodation.

Wales Online

A grand milestone in preparing for floods

Natural Resources Wales has hailed a milestone this week now the country’s 1,000th flood plan has been completed by Neath Port Talbot Community Transport.

Natural Resources Wales

National Lottery grant success for the Gunpowder Works

The future of the historic former Gunpowder Works site at Glyn-neath in the Brecon Beacons National Park has been secured, thanks to a National Lottery grant of £659,000.

Brecon Beacons National Park

Bad Wolf to bring more TV and film projects to Wales

Film and television production company Bad Wolf has secured a lucrative US investment boost, which will help it bring more productions to Wales.

Wales Online

Restoration for Haverfordwest landmark

A landmark Haverfordwest building is being restored to provide retail units and residential accommodation. The grant funders of the scheme are Pembrokeshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw.

Insider Media

Steelworks to double workforce

A steelworks at Tredegar in the Valleys, which reopened in November after shutting down at the height of the crisis in the industry a year earlier, is set to double its workforce by the end of 2017.

Wales Online