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Wales round-up: Welsh councils could be cut to six, £500m Cardiff Embankment scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 22 November-28 November, 2014

Local planning authorities could be cut to just six, says minister

The number of Welsh councils could be cut to as few as six, the public services minister Leighton Andrews has warned, as he urges them to seek voluntary mergers and make further cuts in administrative budgets. 

The Planner 

Circuit of Wales planning process 'interfered with' by ministers, says Friends of Earth Cymru and Plaid

The Welsh Government has been accused of interfering improperly in the planning process relating to the controversial Circuit of Wales racetrack project earmarked for a site in Ebbw Vale.

Wales Online 


Redevelopment of Dumballs Road to start in spring 2015 providing 2,000 homes

The £500 million Cardiff Embankment scheme between Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay is now back on course. Building work on the major regeneration project, including about 2,000 new homes, is expected to begin next spring.

Wales Online 

Cardiff Joint Housing Land Availability Study 2014

Cardiff City Council has told the government that the Welsh capital’s latest joint housing land availability study, which shows the city will fail to meet the statutory requirement for five year’s worth of sites, is an inaccurate guide to what the local authority expects to achieve in terms of residential development. 

According to the study, just published, the council can only show some 3.6 year’s worth of available sites against a requirement of five years. But the council has told ministers that “more land is potentially available for development than the figures derived through the rigid methodology prescribed for the study process”.

Welsh Government 

New plans for Denbigh's former asylum revealed

Plans have been drawn up to transform a derelict Victorian hospital in Denbigh into a major housing development.

Daily Post 

Plans unveiled to turn old Cardiff tramshed into urban arts centre, creating 300 new jobs

Ambitious plans to transform a former Cardiff tram depot into an arts centre have been unveiled.

Wales Online 

St Asaph long-term flood plans revealed

Long-term plans to reduce flood risk for people in St Asaph have been unveiled by Natural Resources Wales. The measures will enhance the city’s flood defences, but will also involve a number of innovative projects upstream to manage flood risk naturally.

Natural Resources Wales 

£4m funding secured for Insole Court

Some £4 million of funding has been secured to complete significant restoration works to Insole Court, a Grade 2* listed Victorian mansion in Cardiff.

City of Cardiff Council 

Commercial gold mining in Snowdonia could return as untapped reserves are detected

Wales could be set for a gold rush after untapped reserves were detected in an abandoned mine that produced the metal for Kate Middleton’s wedding ring.

Wales Online 

Subordinate Legislation Relating to Certain Internal Operations 

The Welsh Government has started consultation on its proposal to require a planning application for additional internal floor space over 200 square metres in retail developments, a move designed to give planning authorities greater control over mezzanine floors. 

Welsh Government 

Kings Meadow Gypsy site in Brecon Beacons wins award

A Powys Council Gypsy site in the Brecon Beacons National Park has won a housing award.

BBC News 

£7m flood scheme will benefit 300 Swansea homes and businesses

A £7 million scheme which will reduce the risk of flooding to some 300 homes and businesses in the Lower Swansea valley has been officially opened by natural resources minister Carl Sargeant.

Welsh Government 

Controversial drilling plans worry campaigners

Fears grow that mass grave of hundreds of miners could be desecrated by controversial drilling plans.

Wales Online