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Welsh round-up: New transport strategy shapes up; Masterplan submitted for 400 homes in Cardiff

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 14 November-20 November, 2020

New transport strategy shapes up

Welsh ministers have launched a strategy for consultation that lays the groundwork for a new transport policy.

The Planner

Johnson sets out his 10 point plan for a green revolution

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a £12 billion, 10 point plan for a green recovery from Covid-19. It includes more offshore wind capacity, cleaner public transport and extensive carbon capture and storage. 

The Planner

Continuing rise in planning applications driven by householder applications

October 2020 saw a rise of 23 per cent in the number of planning applications submitted to Planning Portal compared to the same month last year.

The Planner

Masterplan submitted for 400 homes in Cardiff

The largest estate redevelopment proposal in Cardiff Council's new-build housing programme has taken a major step forward with the submission of a masterplan for up to 400 new homes in Grangetown which will involve the £60 million regeneration of the Channel View estate. Meanwhile, affordable housing provider Hafod has revealed proposals to replace the fire-damaged Lansdowne Hospital, off Cardiff’s Sanatorium Road, with more than 100 new homes.

Cardiff City Council and Wales Online

New Cardiff school

Proposals for a new Fitzalan High School accommodating up to 1,500 pupils on land next to the Leckwith Stadium in the Canton area of Cardiff have been approved.

Insider Media

Llanelli care home and dwellings

A housing development of 33 new homes and an 80-bed care home have been proposed next to Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli.

Wales Online

Bridgend industrial scheme

Deeside Regeneration has proposed a speculative industrial development, a 4,283 square metre scheme, at the Pencoed Technology Park in Bridgend.

Insider Media

Bardsey blue power

A marine energy project that generates power from the tide between Bardsey Island and the Llŷn Peninsula has been backed by the Welsh Government.

BBC News

Queensferry leisure centre redevelopment

Flintshire County Council is advertising for consultants to draw up a masterplan for the site of the Deeside Leisure Centre in Queensferry, which could be replaced by a health, fitness and well-being hub.

BBC News

Newport Aldi plans submitted

Discount food retailer Aldi has submitted plans to Newport City Council for a new store on the northern edge of the Mon Bank estate, near Cardiff Road.

BBC News

Penarth e.bike project

A new public electric bike share scheme has been launched in Penarth by bike share operator nextbike with funding from The Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Insider Media

Cardiff Bay listed buildings move

Cardiff City Council is looking to breathe new life into two empty historic Grade II listed buildings in Cardiff Bay, opposite the Wales Millennium Centre, which have been boarded up for more than a decade.

Wales Online

New planning regs

The Planning (Wales) Act 2015 (Commencement No. 6) Order has brought forward several provisions that will come into force on 4 December 2020. These provisions include:

  • preparing and revising the National Development Framework for Wales (section 3);
  • conformity of certain plans and schemes with National Development Framework and strategic development plan (section 7);
  • duty to consider whether to review local development plan (section 8);
  • National Development Framework and strategic development plan to form part of development plan (section 9); and
  • and affected by National Development Framework or strategic development plan (section 10).

Welsh Government

Powys wool research initiative

Powys County Council is considering proposals to establish a wool research centre as a potential project for the £110 million Mid Wales Growth Deal.

BBC News