Proposals to build up to 600 homes on the Mabey Bridge former shipyard site at Chepstow are being questioned by among others the Chepstow Society, Transition Chepstow and the Gwent Wildlife Trust. Further information is at http://idox.monmouthshire.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do;jsessionid=E4B03043BC23B3209E7E5DBAAA698E08?action=show&appType=Planning&appNumber=DC/2014/01290. The site has already been allocated for mixed development in the approved Local Development Plan but details have to be agreed.
Friends of the Earth Cymru are coordinating a campaign against fracking and petitions are being addressed to all Local Authorities in Wales. Here is a link to the petition to the Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Peter Fox, should you wish to sign it – https://www.change.org/p/councillor-peter-fox-please-declare-monmouthshire-as-a-frack-free-local-authority
The Planning Inspectorate has been notified that the developers of the Tidal Lagoon Swansea project intend to make a new application for a new tidal lagoon at Cardiff. The site between 2km east of Cardiff Bay and 2 km west of the mouth of the Usk, extending to the middle of the Severn estuary, is currently being examined in further detail and an initial meeting has been held with the Planning Inspectorate. The project is pre-application and the developer’s focus is currently on environmental and engineering feasibility and local community opinion. Further details will become available later in the year.
Abergavenny recently mourned the loss of Laurie Jones, a dedicated community activist most recently renowned for his community growing activity, notably the town’s community orchard. This tribute comes from the Abergavenny Chronicle: http://www.abergavenny-chronicle-today.co.uk/News.cfm?id=18785&headline=Tributes
Newport East AM John Griffiths, already an opponent of Edwina Hart’s M4 Relief Black Route, has suggested that public transport improvements and the closure of one of Newport’s six M4 junctions should be looked at. He fears that the Blue Route through the city’s built up area could be a pollution and noise nuisance. The present Southern Distributor Road, which would be upgraded to form the Blue Route, already serves as an important local access route.
On 7 January the County Council’s Cabinet will receive a briefing report on the Welsh Government’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill – http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/events/event/cabinet-8. One of the key areas the council will be working on is ‘building sustainable development into the early stages of decision making processes, rather than as a bolt on extra when reports are written……a challenging and not a ‘tick box’ exercise.’
Monmouthshire’s Planning Committee meeting on 6 January will consider whether to issue for consultation draft Supplementary Planning Guidance on renewable energy and energy efficiency – http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/events/event/planning-committee-19