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Wales round-up: Site restrictions may torpedo plan for Port Talbot super-prison; Pontypool housing scheme refused

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 7 October-13 October, 2017

Site restrictions may torpedo plan for Port Talbot super-prison

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has admitted in the Welsh Assembly that there is considerable uncertainty over whether the UK Ministry of Justice can proceed with proposals to build a new super-prison at Port Talbot because of restrictions on the use of the site in the Baglan Bay enterprise zone.

The Planner

Pontypool housing scheme refused

Proposals to build almost 500 homes and a primary school near Pontypridd have been refused, partly because of flooding fears but also on amenity grounds. The scheme was called in by the government.

Wales Online

Three new high schools for the capital

Cardiff looks set to get three new high schools after it was revealed that most schools in the city are in such a poor state they need “urgent attention”.

Wales Online

How to get young people on the buses consultation

A consultation exploring how best to promote bus travel for young people has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Welsh Government

Swansea digital bridge proposed

Plans have been unveiled for a digital bridge across a main Swansea route, which forms part of the £500 million city centre regeneration.

BBC News

Cardiff church proposal panned

Cardiff City Council planners have recommended that a new church should not be allowed to open in the Ely district of the capital because of noise and traffic issues.

Wales Online

Boost for Monmouthshire electricity charging points

The number of public electric car charging points in Monmouthshire and in the rural area around Newport will more than double in the next few months.

BBC News

Go-ahead recommended for Cardiff Aldi

Discount supermarket Aldi’s plans for a new store at the Phoenix Estate on Caerphilly Road in Cardiff have been recommended for approval.  

Insider Media

Green light for Abergavenny housing scheme

Persimmon Homes’ proposals to build 250 dwellings on a site near Abergavenny have been approved by Powys County Council.

Insider Media

Listed pier demolition permit

A grade II-listed pier can now be demolished after the Welsh Government approved proposals by the local authority to dismantle the fire-damaged Victoria Pier in Colwyn Bay.

BBC News

Peatland funding boost

Peatlands across Wales are to benefit from £1 million funding for restoration work.

BBC News

Fury over Cardiff bowling green sale

Residents in the Adamstown area of the capital claim they have been ‘betrayed’ by the council in selling off their local bowling green, which is now earmarked for a student accommodation scheme.

Wales Online

Funding for historic rail crossing

Historic Gwynedd viaduct Barmouth Bridge, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, is in line for £20 million investment by Network Rail to secure its future.

BBC News

Outcry over stamp duty hike

The decision of the Welsh Government to raise stamp duty on commercial property transactions valued at more than £1 million has been labelled as ‘crazy’ by leading players in Wales’s commercial property sector, who warn that it will deter investment.

Wales Online

Barry cable spur plan could attract technology firms to Cardiff region

The Cardiff region could attract global technology firms if a spur from the existing Hibernia Express transatlantic cable was built, making landfall at Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, it has been proposed.

Wales Online

Wave energy device unveiled in Pembroke Dock

A prototype wave energy device that has been developed by Marine Power Systems was due to be unveiled in Pembroke Dock this week, before undergoing sea-trials off the Cornish coast.

Wales Online

Go-ahead for new retail scheme in Flint town centre

A retail development in Flint town centre has been approved which will provide nearly 4,000 square metres of new floorspace.

Insider Media Ltd