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Wales round-up: Village lined up for demolition; Carbon-proofing tourism plans set out

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 21 May-27 May, 2022

North Wales village lined up for demolition

Cadnant Planning, acting on behalf of a housing association, has submitted proposals to redevelop an entire village in North Wales.

The Planner

Local authorities needed to be recognised as central to levelling-up agenda

The local authority role in housing and planning must be acknowledged and supported at national and local levels as central to the government's levelling-up agenda.

The Planner

Carbon-proofing tourism plans set out

Climate change minister Julie James has announced plans to spend £26 million to limit the carbon footprint of tourism in Wales, boost biodiversity and improve access to the countryside. The funding will:

  • make improvements to transport and tourism facilities, particularly around visitor hotspots;
  • improve footpath networks with a particular focus on disability access; and
  • back projects that will improve Wales’s national parks so they can better store carbon and provide better protection for wildlife.

Welsh Government

Rhoose development

Persimmon has lodged a planning application with the Vale of Glamorgan District Council for 256 homes, allotments, a sports pitch and play areas on 13.6 hectares of farmland north of the railway line in Rhoose.

Wales Online

Swansea affordable homes

Social housing providers Pobl Group and Coastal Housing Group have revealed proposals to develop four plots of land at Swansea’s former docklands, which would provide about 180 affordable homes. The largest of the schemes involves a mix of 109 houses and flats located on land around the Prince of Wales Dock.

Nation. Cymru

Trawsfynydd nuclear moves

The UK Government’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Welsh Government’s Cwmni Egino have confirmed that they are collaborating on moves that could see the former Trawsfynydd nuclear site in Gwynedd earmarked for a small modular reactor designed and made by Rolls-Royce.

Wales Online

Anglesey schemes

An Anglesey pub – the Crown Hotel in Bodedern – closed more than four years ago by Marston's brewery, could have a renewed lease of life as a pub again under plans that would see the building extended with a beer garden, dining areas and three flats. Meanwhile, proposals have been revealed to transform a three-storey building in the seaside village of Rhosneigr into a 10-bed hotel with a restaurant, water sports facilities and two flats.

Wales Online and Insider Media

Denbigh dwellings appeal

St Asaph-based Castle Green Homes, formerly Macbryde, is set to appeal Denbighshire Council’s refusal of its proposed 110-home development in Denbigh. The decision went against the advice of officials.

Wales Online

Merthyr Tydfil wastewater scheme stirs up controversy

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s proposals to replace three ageing water treatment works in the Brecon Beacons with a state of the art facility on a 40-hectare site just to the north of the existing A465 Heads of the Valleys Road in Merthyr Tydfil is facing local opposition with thousands of residents signing a petition against the scheme.

Wales Online

Gwynedd campervan initiative

Gwynedd Council has secured funding from the Welsh Government to develop a network of six French-style ‘aires’ to allow camper vans to stay near town centres. The administration is also supporting 17 other projects that will deliver small-scale infrastructure improvements in strategically important tourism locations across Wales.

Welsh Government

Capital skatepark consultation

Cardiff Council is carrying out preliminary consultation on plans for a new concrete skatepark in Llanrumney to replace the existing timber-framed one near the Eastern Leisure Centre.

Cardiff City Council

Wedding venue scheme for listed Pembrokeshire stable-block

The owners of Scolton Manor, a visitor attraction near Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, have announced plans to convert a grade-II listed stable-block into a wedding ceremony venue.

Insider Media

Hobbit holiday homes scheme

Developers GJ and CW have applied to Conwy County Borough Council for planning permission to develop holiday accommodation on land at Ty Mawr Cae Sgubor. It would involve five Hobbit-like burrows built into the sloped land with stunning views of the North Wales landscape.

Nation. Cymru

Ruabon station house project

A historic railway station building could be transformed into a three-bedroom home under latest proposals for the grade II-listed station house at Ruabon railway station currently used as offices.


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