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Wales round-up: Welsh capital faces EV charging challenge; Drakeford creates ‘super-ministry’ to combat climate change

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 8 May-14 May, 2021

Welsh capital faces EV charging challenge

The Welsh capital needs an extra 9,900 charging points for electric cars by 2025 to cope with an increase in demand, according to the Cardiff City Council’s latest assessment.

The Planner

Drakeford creates ‘super-ministry’ to combat climate change

First Minister Mark Drakeford’s first announcement as head of the new Welsh administration was groundbreaking, as he stressed that climate change, new green jobs and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic will be at the heart of the new government.

The Planner

2030 renewable technologies target needed

The UK Government has been urged to make a commitment to deploying renewable technologies for onshore wind, floating wind, renewable hydrogen and marine energy by 2030.

The Planner

Merthyr Tydfil housing

Proposals from WDL Homes for 45 new houses on a 3.2-hectare site in Trefechan, Merthyr Tydfil, have been recommended for approval by the county borough council’s planners.

Wales Online

Bridgend ironworks conversion mooted

A grade II former Victorian ironworks and engine house could be turned into a hotel, restaurant and tourist attraction under proposals submitted to the local authority by the owner of the Tondu Ironworks near Bridgend.

BBC News

Dinas Powys bypass call

Campaigners from the Barry to Cardiff Link Road Group are urging the Vale of Glamorgan District Council to explore alternative sources of funding for a bypass for the village of Dinas Powys now that the Welsh Government has dropped plans to fund the project.

Wales Online

Newport car park flats project

Housing association Linc Cymru is consulting on its scheme to provide 12 flats on Newport’s Hill Street car-park.

Wales Online

Go-ahead for Swansea children’s home

Controversial proposals for a children’s home among the businesses and restaurants of Swansea’s Oystermouth Road have been approved.

Wales Online

Pembroke site lined up for fusion plant

Pembrokeshire County Council will decide next week whether to put forward a site next to the Valero oil refinery in Pembroke by the Milford Haven waterway as a candidate location for an experimental nuclear fusion reactor.

BBC News

Bedroom windows added to Wrexham offices to homes scheme

Proposals to convert an empty office block in Wrexham into flats have been approved after the developer agreed to revise the design of the units to include windows in each bedroom.

The Leader Live