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Wales round-up: South Wales business park lined up for possible battery factory; Council puts forward Llanelli housing scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 13 June-19 June, 2020

South Wales business park lined up for possible battery factory

The Welsh Government’s Bro Tathan business park in South Wales has been named as the front runner for an ambitious project to establish a huge battery manufacturing plant in the UK.

The Planner

Nominate your 2021 RTPI vice-president

Nominations are open for the RTPI elections, including the position of 2021’s vice-president.

The Planner

Top tower backed for capital

Revised proposals from developer Urban Centric for a scheme involving a 27-storey residential tower, two roof gardens and 188 flats, which would be the country’s tallest building, have been recommended for approval by the city council for a site in Butetown, near the former Brains Brewery. 

Wales Online

Council puts forward Llanelli housing scheme

Carmarthenshire County Council has submitted an outline planning application for a 202-home scheme on an 8.6-hectare site at Dafen, Llanelli, allocated for development in the existing local development plan. 

Wales Online

Go-ahead for Wrexham town centre development

Proposals for a new shopping complex called Chapter Court in Wrexham town centre, offering a mix of stores and restaurants at ground level with bars and offices above, have been given the go-ahead.

BBC News

Pobl Group appeals Newport refusal

Housing association Pobl Group has lodged an appeal over Newport City Council’s second refusal for an affordable housing scheme designed to provide five new homes on a vacant site off Somerton Lane. 

Wales Online

More bids for Cardiff student flats change of use 

The owner of two large blocks of student flats in the Cathays area of the capital has applied to the city council for a temporary change of use to allow the schemes to accept non-students.

Wales Online

Powys chicken farm moratorium snubbed

A call to pause approval of chicken farm proposals in Powys urged by 10 groups, including the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, has been rejected by county council planners.

BBC News

Tramshed travails

Popular live-music venue Tramshed has warned that it could be forced to close because of a long-running planning row over proposed development nearby, which it fears will cause problems for access to the venue in the capital’s Grangetown area.

Wales Online

Colliers urges flexible change of use to help hotels

Property consultancy Colliers International has urged the relaxation of change-of-use regulations to make it easier for hotels to be converted into affordable housing, HMOs or care homes.

Wales Online

Marine plan guidance

The administration has published guidance on implementing the Welsh National Marine Plan.

Welsh Government

Theatr Clwyd revamp waits for funding

The £35 million renovation of Theatr Clwyd’s grade II-listed 1970s complex in Mold has been approved by Flintshire County Council and now waits for a decision on government funding.