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Wales round-up: Study suggests disconnect over housing development viability; Deeside Corridor consultation to start in March

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 14 January-20 January, 2017

Study suggests disconnect over housing development viability

A report that looks at why viability issues are stalling housing developments assessed as deliverable in local development plans highlights a disconnect between the aspirations of house builders/developers and local planning authorities.

The Planner

Stephen Wilkinson inaugurated as RTPI president

Stephen Wilkinson has been inaugurated as the 2017 president of the RTPI, taking over from Phil Williams.

The Planner

RTPI shortlisted in three categories at Association Excellence Awards

The RTPI’s Young Planners Conference 2016, England’s Great Places competition and The Planner magazine have all been shortlisted in an awards scheme set up to celebrate best practice and excellence in all aspects of trade and professional Associations.


Deeside Corridor consultation to start in March

The government has signalled that consultation on major improvements to one of North Wales’ busiest sections of road – the Deeside Corridor project – will begin on the 13 March and last for 12 weeks.

Welsh Government 

Dolgellau bunk bed hostel refused by Snowdonia park committee

Plans to turn former offices into a hostel in Snowdonia have been refused by the national park’s planning committee partly because of concern it could be used for hen and stag parties.

BBC News

Council publish cycling strategy

A strategy to double the number of cycle trips made in Cardiff by 2026 has been unveiled by the city council.

Wales Online

Flintshire council votes to buy back ex-council houses

Flintshire council has agreed proposals to buy back former council houses to meet a growing shortage of affordable homes in the county.

BBC News

Swansea-Shrewsbury Heart of Wales Line walking route plan

Plans for a new long-distance walking route from South Wales to Shropshire have been unveiled which would follow the route of the Heart of Wales railway line between Shrewsbury and Swansea.

BBC News

Cardiff Labour group backs £1.2bn city region deal

The £1.2 billion city region deal to boost economic growth in south-east Wales has been backed by Cardiff City Council's ruling Labour group, it has emerged.

BBC News

Hopes for city deal approval by the end of February

Members at the City and County of Swansea Council will be asked next week to approve a recommendation that the council’s leader and chief executive are given delegated authority to sign an in-principle city deal agreement.

City and County of Swansea Council