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Wales round-up: South West Wales’s largest regeneration scheme under way; Backlash against plans to build 175 homes in Blackwood

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 17 June-23 June, 2017

Planning more ‘vital’ than ever, says RTPI president

RTPI president Stephen Wilkinson has insisted that in these uncertain times, planning is more 'vital' than ever, and that planners are the 'catalysts for change'.

The Planner

South West Wales’s largest regeneration scheme under way

Work began this week at Delta Lakes in Llanelli in preparation for the largest regeneration project in South West Wales – the multimillion-pound Wellness and Life Science Village.

The Planner

RTPI elections open for nominations

Nominations for a number of RTPI board places, including for the 2019 president, are now open.

The Planner

Queen’s Speech: HS2 phase 2A bill announced

A bill to enable the next phase of High Speed 2 (HS2), between Birmingham and Crewe, has been announced in the Queen’s Speech.

The Planner

Complete the RTPI membership survey

RTPI members are being encouraged to take part in the Institute's all member survey.


£200m A55 and A494 Deeside red road preferred by council

Flintshire County Council has come out in support of the Red Route option involving improvements to the existing A55 and A494 as part of the £200 million improvements to the North Wales Expressway project around Queensferry and Deeside.

BBC News

Backlash against plans to build 175 homes in Blackwood

Persimmon Homes is facing considerable local opposition to its proposed resubmitted application for 175 new homes on Oakdale Golf Course, Caerphilly.

Wales Online

Finance secretary confirms commitment to new communities scheme

The administration has proposed an amendment to legislation for a new landfill disposals tax that will require ministers to prepare a scheme to promote or improve the social or environmental well-being of communities close to landfill sites and waste transfer stations.

Welsh Government

Barry Island funfair extension ‘must be pulled down’

Planning officers have been given the go-ahead to make owners of a Vale of Glamorgan funfair pull down an extension.

BBC News

Cardiff bike hire scheme expected in autumn

Cardiff’s new bike hire scheme could be up and running by this autumn now the council has appointed Nextbike as the operator for the initiative.

Wales Online

First phase of Marina Quay scheme complete

The first phase of the £23.4 million Marina Quay development on the seafront in Rhyl has been completed.

Insider Media

Aldi’s Barry supermarket plan refused

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has thrown out a plan for an Aldi supermarket in Barry because of the loss of an existing employment site and the threat to town centre retailing.

Barry & District News

23-storey tower approved

Plans to develop a 23-storey mixed-use tower providing more than 100 private rented sector flats on a former industrial site in Cardiff have been approved by the City of Cardiff Council.

Wales Online

Circuit of Wales: Committee ‘fobbed off’ by Welsh Government

The Senedd probe into funding for the Circuit of Wales project is being “fobbed off” by the Welsh Government, claims the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

BBC News

Griffiths writes to planners about aviation safeguarding tool

Planning minister Lesley Griffiths has written to local planning authorities to notify them that the online aviation safeguarding tool used for the assessment of domestic wind turbines under permitted development rights is no longer available.

Welsh Government

Mid-year estimates of the population

Wales’s population has risen by to 3.113 million, latest figures show.

Welsh Government

£11m Cardiff Bay navy reserve training centre approved

Plans for an £11 million training centre for Royal Navy reserves in Cardiff Bay have been given the go-ahead by the city council.

BBC News