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Wales round-up: Swansea Bay tidal lagoon mark 2 surfaces; Tenby housing proposed by council

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18 May-24 May, 2019

Swansea Bay tidal lagoon mark 2 surfaces

Ambitious proposals have surfaced for a significantly reconfigured Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project incorporating new rewnewable energy elements and thousands of ‘floating’ new homes at a mixed-use development dubbed Dragon Energy Island.

The Planner

News report: ‘Boys’ club’ culture is holding back women in planning, research suggests

A widespread boys’ club mentality is limiting women’s opportunities in the workplace, new research by the RTPI suggests.

The Planner

RTPI announces new chair for its Board of Trustees

Sue Bridges FRTPI has been elected as the new chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees.

The Planner

Train testing project progresses

A planning application for the £100 million train testing centre proposed for Celtic Energy’s Nant Helen opencast coal mine site is expected to be submitted by early 2020, AMs learned this week. Transport and economy minister Ken Skates updated the Senedd on the project, which is now a joint venture involving the government and both Neath Port Talbot Council and Powys County Council.

Welsh Government

Tenby housing proposed by council

Pembrokeshire County Council has revealed proposals to build 145 new homes on land it owns on the outskirts of Tenby.

BBC News

Cardiff Bay zip-wire move

Thrill-seekers have been promised unique views of the Cardiff Bay waterfront now that a company has unveiled proposals for a zip wire attraction across the bay stretching from the roof of St David’s Hotel to a landing spot in front of the landmark Norwegian Church.

BBC News

Blaenau Gwent test-track development

Plans to create a world-leading automotive test-track circuit in Blaenau Gwent have moved up a gear now that the local authority involved has commissioned consultant Motorsport Associates to assess the project.

Wales Online

Newtown free-range chicken scheme fails to please

Plans for a 32,000-bird free-range chicken facility earmarked for a site near Newtown have been recommended for refusal by Powys County Council planners.

Insider Media

Pembrokeshire housing wrangle

Proposals to build 56 new houses in the Pembrokeshire village of Crymych have triggered objections because of traffic concerns and the impact on the Welsh language.

BBC News

Mid Wales forestry blueprint

Natural Resources Wales is consulting on the future management of forests near Aberystwyth in Mid Wales, which could involve an increase in dry heath and blanket bogs, the restoration of peatlands and an increase in the variety of both conifer and broadleaf trees.

Natural Resources Wales

Go-ahead for Snowdonia poultry farm

Snowdonia's biggest-ever poultry farm, a project with 32,000 free-range birds on 16 hectares of land at Llanegryn, near Tywyn, has been given the green light by the national park authority.

BBC News

Haverfordwest warehouse conversions backed

Derelict grade II-listed riverside warehouses at Haverfordwest look set to be given a new lease of life following backing for their conversion into flats and business space.

BBC News

Newport consults on sustainable travel strategy

Newport City Council has begun consulting on a draft sustainable travel strategy designed to reduce pollution generated by the city’s transport network, encourage cycling and walking and provide planning guidance on measures to support these initiatives.

Newport City Council