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Wales round-up: Swansea gears up to build council houses; Snowdonia power lines to go underground

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 12 September-18 September, 2015

Swansea gears up to build council houses again

The first newly built council homes for a generation are set to be built in Swansea after the city council unveiled proposals to provide more affordable housing.

The Planner 

‘The Welsh Versailles’ named among top 10 most endangered Victorian and Edwardian structures in the UK

A Grade I listed building dubbed “the Welsh Versailles” has been named among the 10 most endangered Victorian and Edwardian structures in the UK.

Wales Online 

Permission given for 61 new homes to be built by Persimmon in Swansea’s SA1 development

House builder Persimmon Homes West Wales has been granted permission to build 61 new homes at Swansea’s SA1 development. Separately, contracts between the Welsh Government and Bridgend-based Waterstone Homes have been completed, paving the way for a new £8 million development at another part of the waterfront site.

Wales Online

Performance Framework Dashboard – July 2014 to June 2015

The administration has published its most recent 12-monthly statistics on the performance of local planning authorities against the agreed performance framework indicators. These cover the period between July 2014 and June 2015.

Welsh Government 

Caerphilly Joint Housing Land Availability Study 2015

The latest Caerphilly Joint Housing Land Availability Study has been published, which shows the planning authority has 1.9 year’s worth of housing sites.

Welsh Government 

Consultation on draft permit for Deeside waste facility

Natural Resources Wales has announced that it is minded to grant an environmental permit for an energy-from-waste facility in Deeside, Flintshire.

Natural Resources Wales 

Developer puts in new application to deregister common land for proposed Mynydd y Gwair wind farm

RWE Innogy UK, the company behind the controversial Mynydd y Gwair wind farm planned near Swansea, hopes that the project will soon be back on track after submitting a new application to deregister common land at the site.

Wales Online 

Public set to have a say on gas drilling plans near Richard Burton’s birthplace

National Resources Wales is seeking comments on how a firm exploring gas reserves near actor Richard Burton’s birthplace can safely manage waste.

Wales Online 

Snowdonia power lines to go underground, National Grid says

Views across Snowdonia National Park are to be improved after the National Grid announced plans to remove overhead power lines.

BBC News 

£200m Flintshire road improvement plans on display

Plans for key road improvements in Deeside costing £200 million have gone on display.

BBC News

£4m plans unveiled to turn Pembrokeshire country park into water activity centre

Welsh Water has unveiled proposals wants to turn Llys y Fran Country Park and reservoir, near Havordwest, into a £4 million tourist attraction that would include an interactive water play zone and a water sports activity centre and cycle hub.

Wales Online

House building in Wales is on the up

Housing minister Lesley Griffiths has welcomed new figures that show another significant rise in house building activity.

Welsh Government