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Wales round-up: Prospectus published for Valleys Regional Park; Cash to help Welsh homes become power stations

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 13 October-19 October, 2018

Prospectus published for Valleys Regional Park

Welsh local government secretary Alun Davies has published the government’s prospectus for a Valleys Regional Park.

The Planner

Cash to help Welsh homes become power stations

A £7 million investment will help to create the infrastructure required to guarantee that 225 Welsh homes can act as power stations – a UK first at this scale.

The Planner

The Planner Careers Survey 2019

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The Planner

RTPI members elected to the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences announces that four members of the RTPI have been elected as fellows.


Lapsed Circuit of Wales permission move

The outline planning permission for the abandoned Circuit of Wales project at Rassau has expired but Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council has applied to renew the permission (which included proposals for an innovation centre, hotels, industrial and business use and a solar park), so any future development opportunities for the 344-hectare site can be explored fully.

Insider Media

Port Talbot prison project recedes

Controversial plans to build a super-prison in Port Talbot are receding fast now that the local authority has received a letter from the planning agent involved stating that “the proposed purchase of the land is no longer proceeding”.

Wales Online

Caerphilly homes snubbed

Proposals to build 300 homes in Blackwood near Caerphilly have been rejected after councillors and residents said the proposals were unacceptable, a move which means the scheme must be considered again as the scheme had been recommended for approval by officials.

Campaign Series

Denbigh hospital milestone

A historic milestone has been reached in the planning saga of the former North Wales Hospital in Denbigh. Denbighshire County Council is now the owner of the site, which is set to be redeveloped mainly for housing.

Denbighshire County Council

NRW chair named

Following the resignation of the chair of Natural Resources Wales (NRW), planning secretary Lesley Griffiths has announced that Sir David Henshaw has been appointed as interim chair for 12 months. He is a past chief executive of Liverpool City Council and has held chair roles in the NHS.

Welsh Government

Mumble development unveiled

New designs for the foreshore development at Mumbles Pier in Swansea Bay, which is undergoing restoration, have been revealed.

Wales Online

Cardiff Bay hotel backing

Proposals to redevelop a hotel on Cardiff Bay with 72 ‘extended stay’ suites are poised for approval after the scheme was backed by planning officials.

Insider Media

Third Menai crossing route preference

First minister Carwyn Jones has announced that the so-called Purple option is the preferred route for the third Menai crossing, which would see a new bridge constructed to the east of the existing Britannia Bridge.  

Welsh Government

More North Wales gold in prospect?

Field work undertaken by mineral exploration and development company Alba Mineral Resources has indicated the presence of additional gold deposits in North Wales, away from the historic St David’s Mine.

Insider Media

Mid Wales Airport project

Plans have been submitted to Powys County Council to enlarge one of the hangars at the Mid Wales Airport near Welshpool.

County Times