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25/06/2021

Wales round-up: Welsh ministers freeze road-building pending a review; Swansea homes application lodged

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 19 June-25 June, 2021

Welsh ministers freeze road-building pending a review

The Welsh Government has announced a freeze on new road-building while a review of highway schemes across Wales is carried out.

The Planner

Green infrastructure standards updated

The Building with Nature group has launched updated green infrastructure standards, which aim to refresh and simplify the best-practice campaign’s current guidance for industry on the delivery of high-quality green infrastructure in residential and commercial development.

The Planner

Nominate your 2022 RTPI vice-president

The nominations are open for the 2021 RTPI elections, including for next year’s vice-president.

The Planner

Swansea homes application lodged

Barratt Homes has lodged proposals with the city council  for a 180-dwelling scheme at Penllergaer, north of Swansea on a site which had an earlier outline consent for 200 new homes. Only nine of the houses would be affordable.

Wales Online

‘Super school’ for Pontardawe

Neath Port Talbot Council members have agreed to move ahead with contentious plans to build a super school for 750 pupils in Pontardawe in a move which would see the closure of three existing primary schools.

Wales Online

Restoration funding for Caerphilly Castle, Anglesey monument and Flat Holm island

Cadw has announced a £5 million makeover for Caerphilly Castle that will include a “dramatic” transformation of the medieval Great Hall and a new visitor centre. Meanwhile, in a separate but related development, the National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded a £1.5 million grant for two restoration projects – Flat Holm Island off Cardiff and a monument on Anglesey.

BBC News

Flintshire drive-through coffee shop

Tim Hortons, the coffee-and-doughnut chain famous in North America, has been given the go-ahead by Flintshire County Council for its first drive-through coffee shop, which will be located at the Broughton Shopping Park.

Wales Online

Cardiff conservation area office block scheme

Architects Downs Merrifield has lodged plans for a four-storey office block topped with a penthouse flat at a site currently used as a ground-level car park in Cardiff’s Cathays Park Conservation Area.

Insider Media

Council nominates Cardiff levelling-up schemes

Delivering a New York-style ‘Highline' connection joining Cardiff city centre to the Bay, restoring Cardiff Market's Victorian grandeur, and creating a new Youth Zone in Ely are just three of the projects the city council is developing as part of the UK Government's ‘levelling-up’ programme.

Cardiff City Council

Digital infrastructure boost for Swansea Bay region

A £55 million programme that will help equip the Swansea Bay City Region with updated digital infrastructure has been approved by the UK and Welsh governments. The initiative should benefit residents and businesses throughout Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea.

Insider Media

Bridgend children’s home move

Bridgend County Borough Council is considering relocating Maple Tree House, a council-run children’s home, to the site of the former Brynmenyn Primary School. Under this plan the council’s fostering and placements team would also move to the new site.

Wales Online

5G mast for Newport city centre

Service providers Three and EE have submitted proposals to Newport City Council for a new 5G mobile base station on the roof of Clarence House in the city centre.

Wales Online

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