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Wales round-up: Phosphate problem could still blight North Wales LDPs; Pobl names its Caerphilly housing partner

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 15 January-21 January, 2022

Phosphate problem could still blight North Wales LDPs

Two North Wales replacement local plans look to have made significant progress this week after a lengthy hiatus as the planning system grappled with the problems posed by tough new targets imposed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) designed to ensure developments do not increase phosphate pollution in rivers which form part of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC).

The Planner

New president inaugurated at RTPI

Timothy Crawshaw MRTPI has taken over the role as president of the RTPI from Dr Wei Yang.

The Planner

RTPI launches site to raise awareness of planning among public

A 'Planning Your World' website has been launched by the RTPI to raise awareness of the planning professions within the general public.

The Planner

Cardiff city centre scheme

Real estate investment and management company the Thackeray Group has acquired the landmark Howells building in central Cardiff and plans to transform the 25,550-square-metre Victorian building on a 0.7-hectare site into a mixed-use net-zero carbon development providing an aparthotel, build-to-rent flats, restaurants, shops, leisure outlets and office space.

Wales Online

Pobl names its Caerphilly housing partner

Pobl Group has chosen Lovell as its preferred partner to build 123 new homes on the site of former council offices in Pontllanfraith, owned by Caerphilly County Borough Council, which will be known as Chartist Garden Village.

Insider Media

Swansea community hub move

The city council has given the go-ahead to proposals for a new central Swansea location for the city’s main library and other key services in the soon-to-be converted former BHS/What! Building.

Insider Media

Brecon Beacons timber cabins

Forest Holidays, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, has announced proposals for a development of 40 eco-sensitive timber cabins at Garwant in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Wales Online

Swansea pub to become student accommodation

Work to develop a derelict pub in Swansea into student accommodation is finally expected to begin.

Wales Online

Afan Valley adventure resort move

Neath Port Talbot Council has confirmed conditional planning permission for the Afan Valley adventure resort project after the signing of a legal agreement  with the Salamanca Group covering a solar power farm, mitigation of ecological impacts and a contribution of £180,000 towards a nearby national cycle network route.

Wales Online

KFC projects located

Fast-food chain KFC has named the following locations in Wales where it proposes to locate new drive-throughs and food courts: Abergavenny, Bangor, Caernarfon, Cardiff Bay, CulverHouse Cross, Cymbran, Llanishen, Llantrisant, Maesteg, Merthyr Tydfil, Mold, Neath, Pembroke, Pontardawe and Wrexham.

Daily Post

SW Wales green power prospects

A huge increase in wind and solar farms and the construction of a tidal lagoon are needed to wean South West Wales away from fossil fuels by 2035, according to a report that was due to be considered by Swansea Council's cabinet this week.

Wales Online

Deli approved for listed Newport coach house

Proposals to turn an empty grade-II listed coach house in Bassaleg, Newport, into a food deli have been approved by the city council.

Wales Online

Capital roof terrace bars green-lit

The city council has given the green light to two Cardiff city centre bars with rooftop terraces proposed for Mill Lane and St Mary Street.

Wales Online

Caernarfon affordable homes proposed

Bangor-based developer Watkin Jones has submitted proposals for 25 affordable homes on land at Caeartho near Caernarfon.

Wales Online

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