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Wales round-up: Swansea ‘box village’ project unveiled; 460-home application submitted in Rhondda

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 31 December 2017-6 January 2017

Swansea ‘box village’ project unveiled

The University of Wales Trinity St David has unveiled proposals for a so-called Swansea ‘box village’ made up of thousands of former shipping containers providing up to 18,580 square metres of floor space.

The Planner

Report: Government urged to introduce environmental act to limit Brexit impact

The Environmental Audit Committee has called on the government to introduce a new Environmental Protection Act as part of its EU Article 50 negotiations to maintain the UK’s environmental standards.

The Planner

Four pupils announced as winners of RTPI sustainability competition

Solar lighting, flood defences, regenerating derelict spaces and buildings, community gardens and greater use of technology were among the ideas put forward by the winners of the inaugural RTPI World Town Planning Day 2016 Schools Competition.


460-home and primary school application submitted in Rhondda

Developer Talbot Green Developments Ltd has submitted outline proposals for a new neighbourhood with 460 homes, a local centre and a new primary school to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council for land at Cefn Yr Hendy between Miskin, Pontyclun and Mwyndy.

Wales Online

Adventure park planned for South Wales

Proposals for a new adventure theme park earmarked for the Afan Valley area of South Wales are taking shape.

Wales Online

Construction to start on Roath flood scheme

Natural Resources Wales has confirmed that work on a project to reduce the risk of flooding to more than 400 properties in Roath, Cardiff, will start later this month.

Natural Resources Wales

£1m fund to entice investors to Carmarthenshire employment site

A £1 million property development fund is being set up by Carmarthenshire Council for the Cross Hands East Strategic Employment site to offer an incentive for investment.

Wales Online

Hydro permit application refused

An application by power company RWE Innogy UK for an environmental permit to build and operate a new hydropower scheme in the Conwy Valley has been refused by Natural Resources Wales.

Natural Resources Wales

300-home proposals for South Wales village submitted to council

Plans for hundreds of new homes on fields opposite a South Wales military base have been submitted to the local council.

Wales Online

More money for transport pinch points across Wales

Economy secretary Ken Skates has announced a further £15 million to relieve transport pinch points across the country.

Welsh Government

Record number of cruise ships expected to visit Anglesey this year

Holyhead is expecting a record number of cruise ships this year – including the most luxurious liner ever built.

Wales Online

Bid to return beavers to Wales after centuries’ absence

Plans to reintroduce beavers to Wales after an absence of centuries are moving ahead after wildlife experts submitted an application to release 10 of the animals into the wild.

BBC News

Welsh dragon Chirk Park tower bid wins extra time

A project to build a 224 foot Welsh dragon tower has been granted a five-year planning extension.

BBC News

Circuit of Wales teams up with Extreme as business partner

The company behind the Circuit of Wales project has unveiled the Extreme Sports Company as its new business partner in its bid to build the £425 million facility near Ebbw Vale.

BBC News

Griffiths opens Wales’s first Solar Village

Environment secretary Lesley Griffiths has officially opened Wales’s first ‘solar village’, a cluster of six homes called ‘Pentre Solar’ in Glanrhyd, North Pembrokeshire.

Welsh Government