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Wales round-up: Statistical blunder halts key Welsh projections; Planning Inspectorate updates appeals case work

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 30 May-5 June, 2020

Statistical blunder halts key Welsh projections

The Office for National Statistics has warned that recently compiled key population, local authority and household projections for Wales are seriously misleading and as a result have been withdrawn.

The Planner

RTPI launches online conference

The RTPI has launched the Planner Live Online, a series of digital sessions that will highlight planning’s role in post-pandemic recovery.

The Planner

Guidance published for planner apprentices

The RTPI has launched a ‘comprehensive’ resource centre for planning apprentices aiming to gain chartered status.

The Planner

Planning Inspectorate updates appeals case work

Planning Inspectorate Wales has published an update on its appeals work that highlights it is unable to handle new appeals for nearly half the country’s 23 councils and national park authorities. This includes the capital, as well as Wrexham, Carmarthenshire, the Isle of Anglesey and Monmouthshire councils plus the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast NPAs.

Planning Inspectorate Wales

Arup helps Cardiff Council to remodel city centre

Arup is working with Cardiff Council on proposals to remodel parts of the city centre, involving pedestrianisation, cycle lanes and making parts of the public realm available to restaurants so they can meet social distancing rules.

Cardiff City Council

Green light for Swansea solar farm

The city council has approved revised proposals from Innova Renewables Ltd for a 9.9-megawatt solar farm on a 19-hectare site at Bonymaen on the rear slopes of Swansea’s Kilvey Hill.

Wales Online

Llanelli custody suite 

Asbri Planning, on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police, has started consultations about a long-awaited police and custody suite on a site near Llanelli bought from the Welsh Government.

Wales Online 

Go-ahead for Rogerstone shops

Proposals for a Co-op supermarket and two other shops to serve a new neighbourhood – the Jubilee Park development at Rogerstone – have been approved by Newport City Council. 

Wales Online

Tredegar development plans submitted

Proposals for a new role-play activity centre in Tredegar earmarked for the Sirhowy industrial estate have been submitted to Blaenau Gwent Council.

Wales Online

Thumbs up for Swansea start-up scheme

The groundbreaking Swansea city centre building designed for start-up tech and creative businesses, proposed for the site of The Kingsway's former Oceana nightclub, has been approved.

Swansea City Council

Cardiff cancer hospital objections

Thousands of people have signed a petition against plans for a new £180 million cancer hospital on a green field site which would replace Cardiff’s 60-year-old Velindre Cancer Centre.

Wales Online

Uskmouth power plant progress

SIMEC Atlantis Energy, owner of the Uskmouth power station, which is being converted to burn waste-derived pellets, has applied to Newport City Council to build silos, conveyors, a de-dusting plant, an extension to the rail unloading shed and other developments at the site of the former coal-fired plant.

Wales Online

Capital’s 5G mast roll-out

Cardiff City Council has granted permission for fourteen 20-metre tall 5G masts to be built across the capital.

Wales Online

Funding boost for Mumbles project

Mumbles community councillors have voted unanimously to underwrite a proposed £1.2 million development of Underhill Park involving new changing rooms, a physiotherapy room, public toilets, a revamped pavilion and a new all-weather pitch.

Wales Online

Wales and West of England economic partnership progress

Companies, councils and other interested parties who have been lobbying to create an economic partnership between West of England and Wales have been given permission to create a board to progress the initiative.

Business Live

Funding urged for four new rail stations

Welsh transport minister Ken Skates has written to his UK counterpart Grant Shapps arguing for funding for four new railway stations, as well as investment in the Wales and Borders rail network. The stations would be:

  • Deeside Parkway, on the Borderlands Line in North Wales;
  • Carno, on the Cambrian Mainline in Mid Wales;
  • St Clears on the Great Western Mainline in west Wales; and
  • Ely Mill on the City Line in Cardiff, in South Wales

Welsh Government