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Wales round-up: OECD drafted in to help work up economic blueprint; Fresh probe into Llanelli Wellness Village scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 29 December 2018-4 January 2019

OECD drafted in to help work up economic blueprint

Welsh ministers have announced that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been commissioned to support the development of a regional economic development blueprint for Wales.

The Planner

Fresh probe into Llanelli Wellness Village scheme

Following a story on Wales Online, the Auditor General for Wales has confirmed to The Planner he will be holding his own investigation into Carmarthenshire County Council’s decision-making process relating to the Wellness Village Project near Llanelli, a key element in the £1.3 billion city deal for the Swansea Bay City Region but currently under a cloud.  

Wales Online

Solar farm threat to scheduled monument

Wales's only cholera graveyard, a scheduled ancient monument, is under threat from a huge solar power project earmarked for a 58-hectare site near Tredegar in Blaenau Gwent.

Wales Online

Neath redevelopment project

A revised plan for the second phase of the redevelopment of Neath town centre on land at Water Street has been unveiled. It involves 31 new homes, shops, restaurants, car parking and public realm improvements.

Wales Online

Houses near listed building plans rejected

Plans to build houses around a grade II-listed building of ‘national importance’ at the former Wynnstay Colliery, Ruabon, have been rejected by Wrexham County Borough Council.

BBC News

Solar panels approved for listed Bangor building

Proposals to install solar panels on a grade I listed building at Bangor University have been approved by Gwynedd Council.

BBC News

Rhyl regeneration boost

Minister for housing and local government Julie James has announced £2.5 million of regeneration investment to support Denbighshire County Council to acquire and redevelop the former Queens Buildings in Rhyl.

Welsh Government

Anglesey monument boost

Plans to restore a 200-year-old Anglesey monument – the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column, at Llanfairpwll – have received a boost of £60,000 lottery funding.

BBC News

Cardiff demolition row

A giant banner has been unveiled at Guildford Crescent in Cardiff as the fight continues to save restaurants and a much-loved live music venue threatened with demolition.

Wales Online