Rules to make micro-generation easier in Wales come into force (WAG web site)

Installing micro-generation equipment such as solar panels in Welsh homes becomes easier as new planning rules come into force. Environment Minister Jane Davidson hopes the changes will give households the opportunity to minimise their carbon footprint and to reduce fuel bills. The aim of the changes is to remove certain types of micro-generation equipment from requiring planning permission, making it easier for individuals and local communities install equipment that will contribute to tackling climate change and lower energy bills. There will be no requirement to pay planning fees, also reducing the financial burden. Equipment that comes under the new rules includes: small scale solar panels ground source heat pumps, and biomass flues. Ms Davidson said: “A key part to tackling climate change will be lessening our reliance on carbon based energy. This is where micro-generation has a major role to play. It gives households the opportunity to produce their own clean, green energy. “Here in Wales we have a large share of off gas-grid homes where micro-generation could provide an alternative. We want these new rules to encourage people to consider micro-generation and make it easier for them begin producing their own...

oh I do like to be beside the seaside…….

MJA’s exciting seafront residences on the West Shore in Llandudno has recently started on site.The development comprises four contemporary three storey town houses facing the sea having uninterrupted views over to Anglesey. They should be completed by early next year. Can’t...

Anyone 4 golf?

At the begining of August, MJA acted as one of the sponsors for the annual Rhos-On -Sea golf club Open Week, taking part (albeit unsuccessfully) in a couple of the comps along with some clients during that week. More notably,Rhos golf club has recently started work on their new leisure redevelopment programme which includes new pro-shop, new changing facilites and toilets, and to come next year, a new swimming pool/spa/healthclub  and hotel facility, all designed by Matthew...

MJA Eco-house makes TV appearance.

Matthew Jones’ recently completed Eco-house for their clients Alan Smith and Suzzanne Keegin called ‘Plas coed’, has very recently featured in the Llandudno episode of ‘y Dref Gymreig’ on S4C. The contemporary design of this split level design utilising sustainable timber frame with limewash finish and heat recovery/passive cooling systems, has received a lot of local attention. It was also featured in the November 2008 edition of ‘Build it’,one of the popular self -build journals. Click on the picture below to see the TV footage (click top right button for english write up on the...

Deiniol Road wins appeal

Matthew Jones are pleased to announce that their appeal for the exciting residential scheme in Bangor City centre for Deiniol Developments has been allowed by the Welsh Assembly.  The scheme which was originally refused by Bangor City Council is a futuristic bold contemporary new build development reinforcing Bangor as a progressive 21st century city.  The building comprises 49 flats with undercroft parking and associated landscaping and is due to commence in 2010.  So watch this space! click here to see this exciting...