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Wales round-up: Passenger rail strategy published for the South East; Llanishen redevelopment proposals submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 13 March-19 March, 2021

Passenger rail strategy published for south-east Wales

The Cardiff Capital Region has published a blueprint for passenger rail services across south-east Wales, which has been endorsed by the 10 local authorities involved in the area’s growth deal.

The Planner

Blueprint outlines delivery of low-carbon industrial sector

Business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has set out the government’s plans to cut emissions from industry, schools and hospitals, as well as switching from fossil fuel sources to low-carbon alternatives by 2030.

The Planner

Llanishen redevelopment proposals

Developer Cannon has submitted outline proposals to Cardiff City Council for a major mixed-use scheme at the Llanishen site occupied by two office towers – once the home of HMRC in the capital. The proposals would see these demolished and replaced with up to 250 new homes, 70 retirement flats, a 70-bed care home, employment floor space, community uses, and a river corridor providing a play area and a separate park.

Wales Online

Bridgend moves

Bridgend County Borough Council has confirmed that it will oppose plans for Wales’s first residential women’s centre to be based in the area at either Porthcawl or on land in Bridgend town. In a separate development the council has agreed to safeguard Brackla Hill as open space in its replacement local development plan. The site had been considered for a new primary school.

Wales Online

Wrexham campus project

Developer Edwards Homes has unveiled revised proposals that would see 90 family homes built in place of empty halls of residence on a former university campus in Wrexham, once earmarked for 410 flats.

BBC News

Newport housing

A grade-II listed building in Newport severely damaged by a fire is set to be converted into 10 bedsits for homeless people by housing provider Pobl, under proposals approved by the city council. Separately, a former Newport nightclub that was once a well-known venue for punk and rock music could be replaced with 37 affordable flats under proposals lodged for the grade-11 listed fire-damaged property in Stow Hill.

BBC News and Wales Online

Port Talbot affordable housing

CJ Construction (Wales) Ltd has proposed to build 25 affordable homes on a site at Margam, Port Talbot, which would be owned and managed by social landlord Tai Tarian.

Wales Online

Funding boost for green housing

The commercial arm of Principality Building Society has launched a £20 million fund to support the development of low-carbon housing across Wales.

Wales Online

Development site funding

A new £50 million investment fund advised by property consultant CBRE, which will provide early-stage finance for the development of sites and employment premises, has been approved by the Cardiff Capital Region’s regional cabinet. It aims to boost the south-east Wales economy in the wake of Covid-19.

Insider Media

Machynlleth Conservation Area housing

Powys County Council has approved proposals for a 20-home scheme in the Machynlleth Conservation Area. It will involve the demolition of two derelict industrial buildings.

BBC News

Fears for historic Pembroke dockyard

A marine energy project earmarked for Pembroke Docks could have a “catastrophic” impact on the port’s historic Royal Dockyard, warns an expert in maritime history.

BBC News

Newport Transporter Bridge renovation progress

Major restoration work on the landmark Newport Transporter Bridge can proceed now that the Welsh Government has stepped in to plug a £1.5 million funding gap for ambitious restoration proposals that will see the structure renovated and a new visitor’s centre built.

Welsh Government

More funding for coastal towns

Coastal communities and town centres will receive a £6 million boost, thanks to the Welsh Government’s £110 million Transforming Towns Programme, which will make up what will be lost in funding through the UK Government’s axing of the Coastal Communities Fund.

Welsh Government

Replacement Cardiff LDP moves

Cardiff City Council has decided to begin public consultation in earnest on a replacement local development plan starting in May.

Cardiff City Council

Beavers back

A licence to release beavers into a secure enclosure at Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, near Machynlleth, has been issued by Natural Resources Wales.

Natural Resources Wales