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Wales round-up: Swansea LDP set to be adopted by month-end; Zip-wire scheme for the Rhondda

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 9 February-15 February, 2019

Swansea LDP set to be adopted by month-end

Swansea’s replacement local development plan (LDP) is set to be adopted by the end of this month, the city council has announced.

The Planner

Zip-wire scheme for the Rhondda

The location of the last deep mine in Wales – the Tower Colliery – could be reborn as an adventure park under proposals unveiled by Zip World for the Rhigos site in the Rhondda Valley.

Wales Online

Llanelli ‘Wellness Village’ gets murkier

The controversy and uncertainty billowing around plans for a £200 million Wellness Village in Llanelli has got more pronounced this week. The police are considering investigating Swansea University academics involved in the scheme and the Plaid Cymru leader of Carmarthenshire County Council Emlyn Dole is facing a vote of no confidence after leaking to a report that claims no public money has been misspent on the project.

Wales Online

Swansea distillery moves

Proposals for a new Penderyn Distillery and visitor centre in Swansea have taken a significant step forward. The whiskies and spirits producer has obtained listed-building consent and planning permission from Swansea City Council for the development at the city's historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks site.

Wales Online

Nuke waste meetings

Meetings are to be held in Wales next month as part of the search for a site for the burial of highly radioactive waste from the UK’s nuclear power programme.

Wales Online

Nuclear DCO still sought

Horizon Nuclear Power has confirmed that it is still seeking a development consent order (DCO) for its Wylfa Newydd nuclear project, even though parent company Hitachi has suspended work on the scheme.

BBC News

Cairns talks up Felindre rail station proposal

A £20 million railway station north of Swansea at Felindre could slash journey times and boost business, the Welsh secretary Alun Cairns has insisted.

BBC News

Boost for electric buses

Electric buses are set to go into service in Cardiff, Caerphilly and Newport, backed by UK Government funding.

BBC News

Neath mining museum funding boost

A mining museum that was branded a 'dump' is to get a £250,000 boost from the local council to help turn the facility at Cefn Coed Colliery near Neath into a major tourist attraction.

BBC News

Roadside air pollution warning

Moves to tackle roadside pollution are overlooking large areas of Wales where there are potentially dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide, a Swansea University expert has warned.

BBC News

AMs criticise government film deal with Pinewood

A deal by Welsh ministers that would have paid Pinewood studios £2.5 million to boost TV and film production in Wales has been criticised by AMs.

Welsh Assembly

Zip-wires and mountain-bike circuit lined up for Ebbw Vale

Zip-wires and racetracks for mountain bike enthusiasts are some of the projects being planned to transform the Festival Park Outlet Shopping and Leisure Park in Ebbw Vale by its new owners.

Wales Online

Newton bypass finally opened

The 6.4-kilometre Newtown bypass, under consideration for 70years, has been officially opened in Powys.

BBC News

Welsh Mountain Zoo scheme approved

Conwy County Borough Council members have voted in favour of plans for a replacement snow leopard enclosure at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwn Bay despite officers recommending refusal because of green wedge issues. The outcome will be reviewed at the next planning committee meeting.

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