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Wales round-up: Strategic development plan regime shapes up; Cardiff unveils green strategy

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 10 October-16 October, 2020

Strategic development plan regime shapes up

The Welsh Government launched a consultation this week on the policy intent of regulations for the new-look strategic development plan (SDP) regime, which is designed to introduce a de facto regional element to the planning system.

The Planner

Cardiff unveils green strategy 

Cardiff City Council has unveiled its blueprint to become a carbon-neutral city by 2030.

The Planner

Bridgend heath scheme

Proposals have been unveiled for a £23 million health and wellbeing village in Bridgend, supported by £18 million of government funding, which will include a GP surgery, general needs, and 59 affordable homes. It will be located on the site of former council offices and magistrates’ court.

Welsh Government

Abergavenny extra care bungalow project approved

Monmouthshire County Council has given the go-ahead for a development of 24 extra care bungalows for over-55s on a site in Abergavenny, close to the recently opened Foxhunters Care Community home with views of the Blorenge mountain.

Insider Media

Affordable homes boost for the capital?

Cardiff city planners have recommended approval for proposals by Wales and West Housing Association and Jehu Group’s for 50 affordable dwellings and a retail unit on land at Penylan, about five kilometres to the north-east of the city centre.

Insider Media

Roath Park pub conversion

Outline plans have been submitted to knock down the former Roath Park pub on Cardiff’s City Road and build a seven-storey block of flats with a shop on the ground floor.

Wales Online

Freeport queries

The UK Government has said it wants to see at least one freeport in Wales, but Welsh ministers have asked for greater clarity on their economic impact.

Wales Online

Valleys development agency urged

The Valleys needs its own development agency with statutory powers and real financial firepower to address its economic challenges, says former government minister Alun Davies, the MS for Blaenau Gwent.

Wales Online

Environment minister takes on national parks and AONBs

First Minister Mark Drakeford has decided that sustainable resources and waste policy as well as access to the countryside, including responsibility for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks, will now be included in the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs’ portfolio. Meanwhile, cross-government digital policy and strategy moves to the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport.

Welsh Government

Cottrell heads up Lichfields Cardiff office

John Cottrell, a senior director since January 2011, has been appointed as the new Cardiff office head at planning and development consultancy Lichfields. He succeeds Gareth Williams.

The Planner Jobs

Capital medical centre proposal

Proposals for a new two-storey medical centre including a GP surgery and a pharmacy – earmarked for a derelict site off Cardiff’s Whitchurch Road – have been lodged with the city council by healthcare real estate investor Assura Aspire.

Wales Online