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Welsh round-up: Welsh minister calls for modular homes to boost social housing; Community nature initiative launched

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 22 February-28 February, 2020

Welsh minister calls for modular homes to boost social housing

Factory-made ‘modular’ housing should be used to speed up the number of high-quality social and affordable homes being built across Wales, housing minister Julie James insisted this week.

The Planner

Community nature initiative launched

The government, in partnership with Keep Wales Tidy, has launched a major new scheme involving more than 800 pre-paid ‘starter packages’ that will include all the materials needed to create a community nature area.

Welsh Government

Cardiff older person homes

Proposals to build more than 100 new flats for older people in Cardiff, which would involve the redevelopment of a former police station and, separately, a community centre, are set to be approved.

Insider Media

Porthcawl flood defences

The business case for a £6 million flood defence scheme in Porthcawl, which would involve major work undertaken on the Western Breakwater, Eastern Promenade and Sandy Bay areas of the town to help protect more than 500 homes and over 170 businesses, has been approved by Bridgend County Borough Council

Bridgend County Borough Council

Beavers back in Powys?

Wild beavers could be reintroduced to Wales for the first time in more than 400 years, thanks to a project that wants to locate 20 of the mammals in the Dyfi River in Powys.

BBC News

Swansea church conversion

St John’s Church in Morriston, Swansea, which became marooned on a busy roundabout and lost its congregation, is finding a new lease of life with its conversion into a mixed-use scheme providing a café, gallery and commercial unit on the ground and mezzanine floors, with three loft apartment-style flats above.

Wales Online

AMs probe Valleys Taskforce

The National Assembly for Wales’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has launched an inquiry into the effectiveness of the Valleys Taskforce.

Welsh Assembly Senedd

Pembrokeshire scheduled monuments vandalised

Police have confirmed that two Pembrokeshire scheduled monuments have been damaged by vandals, former bomb stores in Pembroke Dock had been defaced with graffiti, and an Iron Age site near Hundleton had been dug up to create ramps for off-road bikers.

BBC News

Caerleon campus neighbourhood proposals progress

Redrow Homes has lodged an application with Newport City Council for prior approval to demolish eight residential blocks and two laundry blocks on the former University of South Wales campus in Caerleon which it now owns. It alreadyhas proposals for a new neighbourhood of 218 homes which will involve the retention and conversion of listed buildings at the site.

BBC News

Swansea HMO decisions ruffle council feathers

Swansea City Council leader Rob Stewart is up in arms over decisions by government planning inspectors over homes in multiple ownership which he says undermine latest council policy.

BBC News

Climate change adaptation plan for historic sites

A national forum led by Cadw, with representation from groups and individuals involved with historic sites, has launched a climate change adaption plan. Meanwhile, Cadw has published guidance on flooding and historic buildings.

Welsh Government