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Wales round-up: RTPI Cymru to lead wellbeing work for Welsh Government; PEDW to prioritise householder appeals service

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18 June-24 June, 2022

RTPI Cymru to lead wellbeing work for Welsh Government

Welsh climate change minister Julie James has asked RTPI Cymru to lead work into the wellbeing of planners and their experiences of working in the planning system.

The Planner

PEDW to prioritise householder appeals service

Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW) has announced that it is prioritising its householder, advert, and minor commercial appeals service as it grapples with the backlog of cases waiting to be validated and started.

The Planner

RTPI sets outs a adaptable approach to its research

The RTPI has published its 2022-2024 research strategy, which will see the institute take a broader approach to research that will allow it to be flexible.

The Planner

Llanelli’s Delta Lakes development shapes up

Detailed proposals for the first phase of the ambitious Delta Lakes project at Llanelli, which will involve business, research, education, health and leisure facilities, have been recommended for approval. The scheme is being part-funded by the Swansea Bay City Deal.

Insider Media

Police target heritage crimes

Wales’s four police forces have linked up to launch a crackdown on heritage crime in what is a UK-first initiative. This will target any offence that harms the value of heritage assets and their settings and will involve locations including conservation areas, listed buildings, scheduled monuments, and World Heritage Sites.


Cambrian Mountains AONB move

A petition calling on the Welsh Assembly Senedd to back the designation of the Cambrian Mountains as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is gathering momentum.


Deeside paper mill progress

Built environment consultancy Arup has been appointed to lead the £600 million redevelopment of the Shotton Paper Mill site on Deeside, where the new Turkish owner Eren Holdings is planning to establish new paper and cardboard manufacturing facilities as well as recycling all the country’s waste paper. The proposals include a 60-megawatt combined heat and power plant.

Insider Media

Kidwelly housing

Carmarthenshire Council has approved full planning permission for the development of 71 new homes, a proportion affordable, at a former brick factory in Kidwelly.

Wales Online

Wrexham student beds and solar farm developments

A reserved matters application has been submitted to Wrexham Council for a seven-storey student accommodation complex providing 197 bedrooms on a site next to the town football club’s Racecourse ground. Separately, proposals have been lodged for a 9.9-megawatt solar farm and battery storage facility on 14 hectares of farmland at Cefn Park, near Wrexham Industrial Estate.


Bridgend’s levelling-up bids

Bridgend County Borough Council is to bid for funding from the UK Government’s levelling up programme for the redevelopment of the grade II Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl and the rebuilding of the Penprysg railway bridge in Pencoed.


Bangor council house initiative

Plans have been lodged to redevelop a former school site in Bangor with 10 affordable homes that would be the first local authority houses to be built by Gwynedd Council for 30 years.

Insider Media

Cardiff Bay conversion

The owner of a currently derelict grade II-listed property in Cardiff Bay has unveiled proposals to convert the Custom House building at 56 Bute Street into nine flats in a move that would involve a rooftop extension.

Wales Online

Caernarfon slate quay regeneration

The £5.9 million regeneration project at the Cei Llechi (Slate Quay) in Caernarfon has been officially opened. Under this scheme the Harbour Office building and the derelict properties behind have been transformed and brought back into use.


Retail strategy vision

The government has set out its aspirations for the retail sector. These include interventions like the ‘Transforming Towns’ regeneration investment initiative, support for non-domestic rates and the application of the administration’s ‘Town Centre First’ approach, which confirms them as the preferred location for workplaces and services.

Welsh Government

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