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Wales round-up: Swansea Urban Village, Plaid Cymru votes against LPDs

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 25 October-31 October, 2014

Plaid Cymru conference votes to scrap LDPs

Delegates at the Plaid Cymru conference voted last weekend to scrap local development plans (LDPs) after insisting the system would lead to massive overdevelopment, an influx of people from England and the destruction of Welsh language communities.

The Planner

Urban Village work begins

Work has begun on the first dedicated workspace for creative industries in Wales.

The Planner 

Cardiff's new Central Square development: An exclusive glimpse at the dramatic overhaul planned for the heart of the capital

Latest plans for the redevelopment of Cardiff’s Central Square - the area stretching from the city's central rail station to the Millennium Stadium - include the prospect of the tallest building ever to be constructed in Wales.

Wales Online 

Consultation to be held over Abergele development brief

Conwy Council’s Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee has backed public consultation over a development brief for south-east Abergele that identifies three sites for significant new housing. It entails plans for 600 dwellings, some two hectares for employment uses, public open space, allotments and retail activity plus a link road. Nearly 30 hectares of land is involved overall.

Conwy County Borough Council 

Dozens of Cardiff public buildings to get free Wi-Fi hotspots under government superfast broadband plans

Dozens of public buildings in Cardiff are to be transformed into free Wi-Fi hotspots, owing to UK government investment to boost the nation’s digital capabilities. Cardiff is the first Welsh city to join the programme, which will see more than 1,000 public buildings across the UK fitted with free Wi-Fi.

Wales Online 

Monmouthshire rejects merger with Newport council

Councillors in Monmouthshire have said "no" to merging with neighbouring Newport council. Following a three-hour debate, members decided a strong enough business case for the union had not been made.

BBC News 

Welsh Government asks for views on its radioactive waste disposal policy

The Welsh Government is asking for views on its policy for the disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. While the UK Government has supported a policy of geological disposal for the management of radioactive waste since 2008, the Welsh Government has neither supported nor opposed this policy.

Welsh Government 

Lord of the manor drops Anglesey land claims

Ancient rights, potentially involving activities such as hunting and mining, issued by a lord of the manor to 4,000 homes on Anglesey have been removed after they prompted huge public concern.

BBC News 

Cardiff council votes in favour of merging regulatory services with Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan despite unions' protest

Cardiff city councillors have voted in favour of merging their regulatory services (i.e. environmental health, trading standards and llcensing) with two other local authorities (Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan) despite a protest before the meeting by unions.

Wales Online

How the sale of Swansea council's civic centre could spark off much-needed redevelopment in the city centre

Property commentators have speculated that the Welsh Government and Swansea City Council could agree a 'partnership' to sell the civic centre and provide a boost for the city centre with a new council headquarters near the train station.

Wales Online 

Castles, mines and historic sites around Wales boost the economy by a whopping £19m!

The Welsh economy could be in line for an annual boost of up to £19 million owing to a project designed to make the most out of heritage tourism.

Wales Online 

Assembly committee concerned that bill on holiday caravan parks could damage caravan industry

A cross-party committee of Welsh National Assembly has called on the Assembly to reject a bill aimed at reforming law governing the holiday caravan park industry in Wales. 

National Assembly for Wales

Welsh language 'flaws' in planning bill blasted by Labour council leader

Carmarthenshire leader Kevin Madge has written to planning minister Carl Sargeant voicing his concerns about Welsh language provisions in the recently published draft planning bill.

Wales Online