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Wales round-up: Planning and Environment Decisions Wales confirms delays; Mid Wales Growth Deal is signed off

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 8 January-14 January, 2022

Planning and Environment Decisions Wales confirms delays

Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW), the country’s new planning inspectorate, has revealed that teething problems are causing delays of around nine weeks in starting new appeals and issuing decisions.

The Planner

Mid Wales Growth Deal is signed off 

The Welsh and UK governments, alongside the representative local authorities, have signed the Final Deal Agreement for the Mid Wales Growth Deal.

The Planner

Government proposes to make it easier for leaseholders to own their home

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has put out for consultation proposals to give leaseholders in mixed-use premises in England and Wales more control and ownership of their buildings.

The Planner

Crown Estate invests in research to protect marine environment

The Crown Estate has announced that it has partnered with UK-wide bodies on research projects to enable “coexistence of offshore wind farms with a thriving marine environment”.

The Planner

Lisvane development progress

Cardiff City Council has signed off updated details of developer Redrow Homes’ proposals for the second phase of 66 new homes, part of its Churchlands scheme, which itself is an element of a huge residential development earmarked for Lisvane, an affluent suburb on the northern outskirts of the capital.

Wales Online

Rica housing scheme

A planning application has been lodged with Caerphilly County Borough Council for a new 46-home supported housing development in Risca, which would also involve landscaped allotments and communal gardens earmarked for the site of a former old people’s home.

Wales Online

Swansea office conversion backed

Swansea City Council planners have backed proposals to convert a prominent 1950s commercial building in the city centre into grade A offices. The move would see the Smith-Llewelyn property on the corner of Princess Way and St Mary’s Street refurbished with ground-floor units and three storeys of office floorspace above, including a roof terrace, three rooftop meeting pods and green infrastructure.

Insider Media

Ammanford building silos approved retrospectively

Carmarthenshire County Council has approved retrospective planning permission for eight silos erected by window manufacturer Victoria Sliders at its facility on the Capel Hendre Industrial Estate, near Ammanford.

Wales Online

Caernarfon affordable homes backed

Gwynedd Council has been recommended to approve proposals for 17 affordable homes on the site of former allotments at Ffordd Bethel, Caernarfon.

Insider Media

Capital buses go all-electric

Cardiff Bus has announced that its new fleet of 36 all-electric buses are now being introduced on routes across the capital.

Wales Online

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