Frank Little

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More planning powers for community council

by franklittle on 14 March, 2012

Local Works announces success on a proposal to empower town, parish and community councils: On Tuesday of last week Stephen Williams (a Bristol MP, but a valleys boy originally) held a debate in Westminster Hall where he secured an agreement from the Communities Minister, Greg Clark, on the proposal made under the Sustainable Communities Act […]

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Lidl refused again

by franklittle on 7 November, 2011

Lidl’s revised scheme for a large free-standing sign (application no. P2011/0738) just outside the ward boundary has been refused by Neath Port Talbot’s planning department. It will be interesting to see whether the company takes this one to appeal.

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Special meeting of Community Council next Thursday

by franklittle on 23 September, 2011

There will be a special meeting of Blaenhonddan Community Council in Cadoxton community centre next Thursday, 29th September, at 19:00. The main objects for discussion are the Pre-Deposit Local Development Plan and the report from inspectors of the community’s playgrounds. Public may attend (though not contribute, unless specifically invited by the council to do so), […]

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Disordered planning meeting

by franklittle on 16 August, 2011

The bare facts are these: this afternoon, the planning and development committee of Neath Port Talbot CBC voted to grant planning permission for a replacement access road across farmland opposite the Old Star on the A474 north of Gelligron. More details of the application, P2011/0522, may be found at, the document provided for the […]

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by franklittle on 9 July, 2011

I share Peter Black’s concern about the rush to exploit methane from shale layers in South Wales.  In addition to the Maesteg operation, permission has been given in two places – one of which is in adjacent Aberdulais ward – in Neath Port Talbot to prospect for shale gas. I am not the only member […]

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Possible Mynydd Marchywel wind-farm

by franklittle on 4 April, 2011

There is an application (P2010/1248) for a scoping opinion* from the county borough for a wind-turbine farm on March Hywel, the southern boundary of which impinges on Cadoxton ward. Note that this is not an actual planning application, merely an enquiry as to what should be included in the application when it is made. The […]

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The coalition budget

by franklittle on 24 March, 2011

Against a very difficult background, George Osborne has kept to the coalition agreement. The personal allowance will continue to be raised in 2012/13, though not by as much as we are about to benefit by in 2011/12. Other measures are discussed elsewhere, so I won’t go through the speech in detail, but two developments in […]

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Royal Buildings, Port Talbot

by franklittle on 7 February, 2011

With the departure of our group leader, Cllr. Keith Davies, from the planning and development committee and thus from the site-visits sub-committee, I have been drafted on to the latter. I have an early introduction to its duties coming up on Thursday, as the full committee at its last meeting decided that we should have […]

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Wind turbines

by franklittle on 12 January, 2011

The Planning and Development Committee yesterday decided not to object to Nuon’s proposal for a wind farm straddling the border between Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taf. The vote was close – 15 against the turbines, and 17 not – and I think it is fair to say that it would have gone the […]

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Afan Lido rebuild

by franklittle on 11 December, 2010

The Labour cabinet has decided against a simple restitution of the Afan Lido after last year’s fire. Their proposals for a replacement are on the county borough’s web-site. Comments are invited. Liberal Democrat members will be looking at the budget implications, needless to say.

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