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Wales round-up: Sea bird concerns delay Anglesey nuclear power plant DCO; Baglan Bay prison dispute

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 7 April-13 April, 2018

Sea bird concerns delay Anglesey nuclear power plant DCO

Horizon Nuclear Power, the company behind proposals for a new nuclear power plant on Anglesey, has delayed applying for a development consent order (DCO) for the project while it addresses issues over the impact of construction work on nearby protected colonies of terns.

The Planner

Landscape Institute calls for green belt review

Green belt policy should be addressing issues such as flood risk and air pollution, as well as biodiversity enhancement, according to the Landscape Institute.

The Planner

Baglan Bay prison dispute

Proposals for a controversial Category C prison on a site owned by the Welsh Government in the Baglan Bay enterprise zone have been put on hold, according to the local Port Talbot MP Stephen Kinnock. However, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice has told The Planner: “We remain committed to building a prison in Port Talbot, and continue to engage with local communities, businesses and other stakeholders.”

BBC Wales

AMs urge Cadw to reinstate grant scheme for threatened buildings

There has been encouraging progress to protect historic buildings, landmarks and monuments in Wales, according to a National Assembly committee, which has proposed that Cadw – the government agency involved – should start re-awarding grants to owners of listed buildings and scheduled monuments at risk of falling into disrepair.

Welsh Assembly

Confusion over Cardiff bus station design

The design of Cardiff’s new bus station is once again up in the air with confusion over which architectural practice will oversee the scheme.

Wales Online

Lampeter affordable homes blocked

Plans for 20 affordable homes on the site of a disused primary school in Lampeter have been rejected by Ceredigion County Council, despite officials recommending that the scheme should go ahead.

BBC News

Capital mulls over district heating-from-waste scheme

A £26.5 million scheme that could heat public and commercial buildings across Cardiff, using energy generated by burning non-recyclable waste, is under consideration by the city council’s cabinet.

Cardiff City Council

Boost for Brecon community energy scheme

The Green Valleys, a community interest company based in the Brecon Beacons, is set to benefit from an EU scheme which, with additional Welsh Government funding, aims to create five new community-owned energy schemes in Wales by 2020.

Welsh Government

Consultation for Vale of Glamorgan link road routes

Two proposed routes for a new link road between the M4 and the A48 in the Vale of Glamorgan are set to be revealed next week as part of a public consultation exercise, which also includes proposals for a new railway station and a park-and-ride facility.

Wales Online

Cardiff cycle superhighway design unveiled

Proposed designs for the first section of Cardiff’s so-called cycle superhighway network have been revealed, They involved a 1km route from St Andrew’s Crescent along St Andrew’s Place and Senghennydd Road.

Cardiff City Council

Bridgend backs city deal business blueprint

Bridgend County Borough Council has accepted the terms of a five-year business plan for the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, despite the fears voiced by some councillors that it will only benefit the capital.

Wales Online

Roath tree-felling put on hold

Natural Resources Wales has put on hold the felling of 33 trees to give campaigners in the Cardiff suburb of Roath the chance to put forward new evidence before deciding on the next phase of the scheme, designed to reduce flooding in the area.

Wales Online

Funding for Deeside public transport

Transport secretary Ken Skates has announced that £1.8 million will be spent improving public transport in Deeside as part of preparations for a north-east Wales metro.

Welsh Government

Outdoor pursuit initiatives mooted for Cardiff outskirts

A zip wire run, high rope course, mountain bike track and camp site could be built on the outskirts of the capital under initiatives that are being considered by the Vale of Glamorgan Council for sites it owns, including Leckwith woods.

Wales Online