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Wales round-up: Planning minister accused of breaching ministerial code; Plasterboard factory approved for Newport Docks

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 6 June-12 June, 2020

Welsh planning minister accused of breaching ministerial code

The Welsh Government this week strongly denied claims that planning minister Julie James breached the ministerial code by allowing an appeal over a housing development in Rossett near Wrexham.

The Planner

Consultancy appointed for RTPI climate assessment

The RTPI has appointed RSK Environment Ltd to prepare its Climate Impact Assessment and prepare an action plan outlining how the institute can reduce its carbon footprint.

The Planner

Wrexham greenhouse project

A Brighton-based company has unveiled proposals for two 7.6-hectare hydroponic commercial glasshouses and a packing facility to be located next to Dwr Cymru’s Five Fords waste water treatment works in Wrexham. 

Wales Online

Plasterboard factory approved for Newport Docks

Newport City Council has approved plans for a plasterboard factory at the city’s docks, which will rely on gypsum delivered by ship to the facility on the South Dock.

Wales Online

Approval for Powys tourism scheme

A tourism complex at a former golf course in north Powys offering a swimming pool, fitness studio, spa and café, plus 100 static caravans and five chalets, has been approved by planning officers.

BBC News

Newport housing scheme approved

Proposals to redevelop one of Newport's earliest buildings – at the junction of Commercial Street and Hill Street – into 22 flats have been given the green light by the city council.

Wales Online

Conwy Co-op plan withdrawn

A proposal to build a Co-op store near the 13th-Century Conwy Castle, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has been withdrawn.

BBC News

Maesteg toilet tissue production development

A toilet tissue manufacturer based at Bridgend Paper Mill, Maesteg, has been granted planning permission to open a second production line at a cost of £100 million.

BBC News

Flintshire historic terrace demo 

A row of Victorian terraced houses in Buckley, Flintshire, look set to be demolished and replaced with12 flats despite objections from some residents. 

BBC News

Capital cancer hospital road moves

Fresh planning applications setting out revised access arrangements for Cardiff’s new £180 million cancer hospital, earmarked for meadowland at Whitchurch, have been submitted to the city council. 

Wales Online

FSB urges repurposed town centres

Squares, high streets and other public spaces in Wales should be repurposed to help firms reopening after the Covid-19 outbreak, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) urges in a new report. 

Wales Online

Ministers block opencast coal mine over climate change policy

Welsh ministers have refused to continue licensing coal-mining activities at an opencast site in the Dulais Valley on the border of Neath Port Talbot and Powys on the grounds the scheme breaches climate change policy. The 344-hectare Nant Helen facility, along with the coal washery next door at Onllwyn, is the preferred location for a £100 million train-testing facility.

BBC News

Major Pembroke Dock marine energy project signed off

The UK and Welsh governments have signed off the business case for a major marine engineering scheme that would see Pembroke Dock redeveloped to provide facilities for testing, demonstrating, researching and deploying marine energy technologies. The proposals are the Swansea Bay City Deal’s only private sector-led project.

Welsh Government