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Wales round-up: Student accommodation scheme proposed for Swansea; Llantwit Major housing approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 3 April-9 April, 2021

Student accommodation scheme proposed for Swansea

Student accommodation specialist Watkin Jones has unveiled proposals for a 350-bed scheme in the centre of Swansea on the site of a former HM Revenue and Customs office.

The Planner

Llantwit Major housing approved

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has approved proposals for 240 new homes on two farmland sites near Llantwit Major, just south of the newly built Northern Access Road, submitted by the government.

Wales Online

Gower pub planning condition revision blocked

A landowner has failed in a bid to make more profit from a housing project in Gower, having argued that the scheme would not be financially viable unless the terms of the permission to convert the Greyhound Inn pub into flats were revised.

Wales Online

Bridgend nature reserve

Bedford Park, an 18-hectare green space in Bridgend, has officially become a local nature reserve. The council is assuming full responsibility for the land, which will be managed by Natural Resources Wales.

Wales Online

Newport freeport moves

Newport City Council leader Jane Mudd has confirmed that the local authority is keen to bid for freeport status for the city’s port and has commissioned consultant AECOM to help to develop the business case.

Wales Online

Green light for Cardiff affordable homes

The city council has approved two separate proposals for a total of 53 affordable flats in the Cardiff Bay area, which involve the conversion of Clarence House, a historic but currently dilapidated building and the demolition of a property in Butetown and its replacement with a six-storey complex.

Wales Online

Revised flood and coastal erosion advice

The administration has published revised guidance for local authorities evaluating the effects of climate change when developing flood and coastal erosion risk management projects and strategies. It reflects latest projections on sea level rise published by the UK Government in November 2018.

Welsh Government

Rhyl balloon attraction floated

Proposals have been lodged with Denbighshire County Council for a helium-filled balloon attraction at the former Rhyl Sun Centre site, which would have a viewing platform slung beneath it promising views from Moel Famau to the Great Orme at Llandudno and all the way to Liverpool on a clear day as it is winched upwards.

BBC News

Porthcawl offenders project triggers outcry

Proposals to use a hotel in Porthcawl to house Welsh female offenders, one of five shortlisted locations under consideration by the UK Ministry of Justice, have been met with a storm of protest by residents and local politicians.

Wales Online

Anglesey holiday park proposed for Amlwch

The NPL Group has revealed proposals for a £30 million holiday park on the Amlwch site of the former Associated Octel bromine plant on Anglesey. They involve lodges, glamping accommodation, restaurants, and water sport facilities at the 23-hectare waterfront location.

BBC News

Dark skies map published

Natural Resources Wales has published a new dark skies map, created by Land Use Consultants, which highlights dark skies as an important resource and provides evidence for the consideration of light pollution in planning applications and development plans.

Natural Resources Wales