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Wales round-up: Redevelopment of Cardiff tax office complex advances; New bill provides for regional working of development issues

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 16 November-22 November, 2019

Redevelopment of Cardiff tax office complex advances

The redevelopment of the huge tax office complex in the Llanishen suburb of Cardiff, which will comprise hundreds of new family homes, a block of flats and a care home, is taking shape.

The Planner

New bill provides for regional working of development issues

Welsh ministers have introduced legislation that includes measures giving local authorities the powers to apply to merge voluntarily as well as facilitating regional working in areas such as planning, economic development and transport through corporate joint committees.

The Planner

General election 2019: Greens promise a planning system supportive of renewable energy and the Passivhaus standard

The Green Party vows to ‘transform’ the planning system so that it enables news homes to be built to Passivhaus standard; supports an increase in renewable energy generation; and encourages the rewilding of spaces to create habitats for wildlife.

The Planner

General election 2019: Lib Dems prioritise the environment and increasing the use of renewable energy

A target of generating 80 per cent of the UK’s electricity through renewables, restoring the natural environment and scrapping permitted development feature in the Liberal Democrat Party’s manifesto.

The Planner

General election 2019: Labour promises 100,000 new council houses a year by 2024 and a Green Industrial Revolution

The Labour Party calls its ‘manifesto of hope’, published ahead of the general election on 12 December, the ‘most radical and ambitious plan to transform our country in decades’ and promises ‘a green transformation’ of the economy.

The Planner

First Wales Young Planner of the Year crowned

Alex Egge, a transport planner at Mott MacDonald in Cardiff, has been named as the RTPI Cymru Young Planner of the Year.


Consultation over new rail station and business district for capital

Public consultation has started over plans for a new rail station, Cardiff Parkway and the new business district it will serve, Cardiff Hendre Lakes.

Wales Online

Pontardawe low-carbon project submitted

A proposal for 35 low-carbon homes at Pontardawe has been submitted to Neath Port Talbot Council. The development would be equipped with solar panels, charging stations for electric cars and ground source heat pumps.

Wales Online

Menai crossing under a cloud

A multimillion-pound bridge crossing between Gwynedd and Anglesey over the Menai Strait is under a cloud following the suspension of work on a now-unlikely £12 billion nuclear plant on Anglesey.

Wales Online

Recording studio scheme mooted for Llandrindod Wells

A planning application has been submitted to Powys Council to change the use of a hardware store in the centre of Llandrindod Wells into a recording studio with a community radio station in the basement.

BBC News

Diamond move at Clogau gold mine

Contractors for Alba Mineral Resources have started what is believed to be the first diamond-drilling programme at the historic Clogau Gold Mine in North Wales.

Insider Media

Hi-tech Cardiff museum

A £30 million military medicine museum planned for Cardiff Bay could become the first in the UK to offer a super-high definition 8K immersive video space as part of the project.

BBC News

Denbigh asylum redevelopment

Ruthin developer Jones Bros has launched a consultation exercise on proposals to renovate and redevelop the now-derelict Denbigh asylum with 300 new homes.

Wales Online

Flooding fears over Lake Vyrnwy project

Residents fear that a Natural Resources Wales ecological project to redirect water from the Lake Vyrnwy reservoir into the Marchnant and Cownwy rivers could increase the risk of flooding.

BBC News

Increase in affordable homes

Latest official statistics show that 2,592 additional affordable housing units were delivered across Wales during 2018/19 – a 12 per cent increase on the previous 12 months and the highest annual total to date.

Welsh Government

New-look housing delivery policy consultation deadline

Consultation ends this week on proposals to remove the requirement for local planning authorities to provide a five-year supply of land for housing, revoke Technical Advice Note (TAN) 1, and monitor housing delivery rather than housing land supply.

Welsh Government

Cardiff connections urged

Cardiff needs to cement its improved status by creating better transport and digital connections between its centre and Cardiff Bay, according to a report by property company Knight Frank.

Wales Online