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Wales round-up: Planning and historic environment law set to be simplified; Cardiff LDP rethink

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18 September-24 September, 2021

Planning and historic environment law set to be simplified

The Welsh Government has launched a new programme to simplify planning and historic environment law, part of a long-term project to create Codes of Welsh law.

The Planner

More action needed to reverse decline in biodiversity – but it can be done, say UK bodies

Outcomes for nature need to be integrated in development plans on land and at sea, according to a report published by the UK's five statutory nature organisations.

The Planner

Partnership seeks to help small builders

Lloyds Banking Group and Homes England have announced that they will invest an additional £300 million commitment to SME and regional housebuilders in the UK.

The Planner

Deeside developments

The Turkish firm taking over the Shotton Mill newsprint site on Deeside has revealed proposals to redevelop and expand it as a facility producing container board and tissue products, as well as announcing plans to build a new combined heat and power plant. Meanwhile, Airbus has outlined proposals for a new helicopter plant at its production site at Broughton on Deeside should it be successful in winning a Ministry of Defence contract.

Wales Online and Insider Media

Cardiff LDP rethink

Cardiff City Council’s cabinet was due to consider this week a revised version of  the strategy and objectives of its replacement local development plan (LDP), which could mean lower levels of housing growth, medium jobs growth and greater priority for improved access to green space. These potential changes are the result of preliminary public consultation on the replacement LDP.

Cardiff City Council

Dragon Energy Island move

Swansea City Council has applied to the UK Government for funding to develop a business case for the so-called Dragon Energy Island project, a tidal lagoon with floating houses and a solar farm.

Wales Online

Carmarthenshire quarry row

Civil engineering contractor Dolawen Cyf’s proposals to build a recycling facility at Cilyrychen quarry, near Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, has triggered concern from residents and Natural Resources Wales over the scheme’s likely impact on the wildlife that has colonised the quarry, which has been disused for 20 years. The site is close to a Special Area of Conservation that includes the Pantllyn Turlough, the only known turlough lake on the UK mainland.

BBC News

Caerphilly demolition

Caerphilly County Borough Council has started demolishing 23 houses on Hafodyrynys Hill, Woodside Terrace, Crumlin, which is Wales’s most polluted street.

Wales Online

Rhos-on-Sea projects

Conwy County Borough Council has begun consulting on the next phase of its Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project, which involves plans for coastal defences, a new sandy beach and promenade improvements at Rhos-on-Sea.

Conwy County Borough Council

Biodiversity initiative

A new initiative from Natural Resources Wales and nine environmental charities to save rare species and reconnect communities with wildlife is getting off the ground with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project – Natur am Byth – will help to recreate habitats, increase biodiversity and restore landscapes.

Natural Resources Wales

Swansea life sciences and wellness boost

Swansea Council’s cabinet is set to approve the business case for new £132 million life science, wellbeing and sports campus projects earmarked for two sites in the city which are expected to create more than 1,000 jobs.

Insider Media

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