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Wales round-up: Wales updates advice on flooding and climate change risks; Bridgend centre traffic plan to boost trade and access

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 27 August-2 September, 2016

Wales updates advice on flooding and climate change risks

Welsh chief planner Neil Hemington has written to planning authorities to highlight the latest guidance on climate change allowances in areas at risk of flooding.

The Planner

Candidates announced for RTPI vice-president 

Candidates from across the UK have put themselves forward to be elected to the RTPI’s General Assembly and Board, including the chair of the board and vice-president roles.

The Planner

Appeal over Gwynedd council’s refusal of 366 new Bangor homes

A housing developer, refused permission to build 366 homes in Bangor because of fears over the effect on the Welsh language, has decided to appeal against the refusal.


Thumbs-up for Bryn Blaen

A planning inspector has allowed on appeal proposals for six wind turbines in Powys after concluding that the harm from the scheme's landscape and visual impacts would be outweighed by its environmental and economic benefits.


Beryl Larkin wins 20-year Treuddyn caravan planning battle

A woman has won a 20-year planning battle to continue living in her static caravan in Flintshire on land at Treuddyn near Mold.

BBC News

Ex-Whitland Creamery site housing plans get go-ahead

Plans to build 28 new homes on a derelict dairy site have been given the go-ahead by Carmarthenshire council.

BBC News

Bridgend centre traffic plan to boost trade and access

Traffic could be reintroduced to pedestrianised areas of Bridgend town centre in a bid to provide better access and boost trade.

BBC News 

Plaid Cymru to seek judicial review of housing association merger

Local politicians have called for an inquiry into a controversial merger of two housing associations as a row erupts over a lack of tenant consultation.

Local Government Lawyer 

Two-thirds of people in Wales ‘want all electricity from renewables’

Nearly two-thirds of people in Wales want all of Wales’s electricity to come from renewable sources, according to a poll for the conservation charity WWF.

Wales Online 

Project gives rural economy a boost

A £10.8 million project to boost the Welsh economy and create jobs through its landscape and wildlife has delivered impressive results, according to Natural Resources Wales.

Natural Resources Wales 

New plan for Swansea’s historic Albert Hall

City and County of Swansea Council has received a pre-application planning inquiry to convert the upper floors of the vacant Grade 11 listed Albert Hall – once a music hall - into student accommodation, with retail uses proposed for the ground floor.

City and County of Swansea 

Gwynedd Joint Housing Land Availability Study 2016

The latest Joint Housing Land Availability Study for Gwynedd (excluding the Snowdonia National Park) has identified 2.9 years of sites.

Welsh Government

Plans move ahead for A487 Caernarfon-Bontnewydd bypass

The government has published draft orders for the 10 kilometre A487 bypass between Bontnewydd and Caernarfon in Gwynedd to allow opportunities to contest the route.

BBC News 

Fight to save ‘The British’ derelict Torfaen colliery

Campaigners fighting to save a former Torfaen colliery that is home to a number of listed buildings have given a cautious welcome to proposals to redevelop the site with homes, a nature reserve and a hydroelectric power project.

BBC News