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Wales round-up: Planetarium project proposed for colliery site; Power sector planning regime changes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 23 March-29 March, 2019

Planetarium project proposed for colliery site

Ambitious plans for a major planetarium project capable of seating hundreds of people have been unveiled for a former colliery in South Wales.

The Planner

RTPI launches annual research awards

The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence 2019 is open for entries. The awards recognise research from RTPI-accredited planning schools, members and planning consultancies from around the world.

The Planner

Power sector planning regime changes

New regulations on Developments of National Significance come into force from 1 April, which will change the regime – and fees – for various categories of power sector projects.

Pinsent Masons

Powys opencast mine set to reopen

Coal extraction is set to restart at an opencast site in the south of Powys after county councillors approved proposals to resume consented operations at the Nant Helen facility near Ystradgynlais. It had been mothballed in 2016 but this move is on the basis the output won’t be used for power generation.

BBC News

Caerphilly air pollution wrangle

Caerphilly residents on the most polluted street in the UK outside of London have been told by their council it will not buy their homes and help them move despite pressure from the government.

BBC News

Brecon housing approved

Proposals to redevelop the former law courts in Brecon to provide 21 new homes have been given the green light by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

Insider Media

Aberystwyth pier upgrade

Plans to add a viewing platform to Wales’s oldest pier – the grade II listed structure in Aberystwyth – have been given the green light by Ceredigion County Council.

Insider Media

Cardiff economy blueprint

A vision for the economic future of Cardiff – which could see 30,000 new jobs created in the city – has been published on the city council’s website.

City of Cardiff Council

Bangor town centre property fund

Bangor property owners are being targeted by Gwynedd Council to make use of a £2.16 million funding pot available for renovating premises in the city centre.

BBC News

Harlech chapel conversion

Plans have been submitted to the Snowdonia National Park Authority to turn a Grade II listed chapel at Llanbedr near Harlech into a mosque.

Wales Online

Guildford Crescent moves

Plans to demolish the buildings on Guildford Crescent in Cardiff where Gwdihw and Thai House used to be have been withdrawn as the owners hold discussions with the city council over a new masterplan for the area.

Wales Online

Llanelli leg completes long distance walking trail

The last stage (between Craven Arms and Llanelli) of a fully waymarked 226-kilometre trail loosely following the route of the former Heart of Wales railway from Shropshire to Carmarthenshire has been opened in Llandrindod Wells.

BBC News