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14/10/2014

News in brief: £200m Abergelli power plant, Wokingham garden village application

Words: Laura Edgar
Abergelli power station site

News in brief: Tuesday 14 October, 2014

Consultation launched on £200 million power plant

A statutory consultation has begun on a £200 million power plant proposal for Abergelli Farm, Wales (pictured above). The gas-fired power plant proposed by Abergelli Power Limited would produce up to 299 megawatts (MW) of electricity, as well as represent a multi-million pound investment in the local economy, potentially supporting 150 jobs during its two- to three-year construction. The plant would produce low emissions and, as it will produce more than 50MW of electricity, will be considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.

1,500-home garden village application submitted

An application for a 21st century 1,500-home garden village has been submitted to Wokingham Borough Council. Submitted on behalf of the Marino family, the proposed Hogwood Garden Village will be a mixed-use development on the site of Hogwood farm. The planning application seeks permission to construct two- to five-bedroom detached, semi-detached and terraced houses on 108 acres of land. The application also outlines 129 sq ft of employment space, a village centre, a primary school and open space for recreation.

Tallest Leeds landmark

A new wind turbine currently being built will be the tallest landmark in Leeds. The turbine, once completed, will stand at 123m, 11m taller than Bridgewater Place. It will be a major source of power for Yorkshire Water’s Knostrop site, helping to reduce the plant’s carbon footprint.

Bath's Queen Square set for improvement

£100,000 is to be spent on improving access to Bath’s Queen Square. Bath and North East Somerset Council will restore internal paths, put in traffic islands and reopen east and west gateways on Queen Square. The revamp aims to make the area safer for pedestrians.

Gateway Centre rebuild plans revealed

£1.9 million plans for the Gateway Centre in Snowhill, Bath, have been unveiled. The rebuild aims to improve the community space in the centre and could also provide an area for Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Youth Connect service. The design covers three floors and includes a community café, a recording studio, events and worship space.

Cheshire swing bridge reopens

The Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge, Cheshire, is open after a £4.5 million restoration project. Work will now start to take down the temporary bridge that was put up for vehicles to cross the A56 trunk road during the 12-month project.

Lincoln bridge project begins

A project to put a £6m bridge over High Street, Lincoln, has begun. The bridge will have lifts at either end, making it accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and those with mobility aids, and it aims to alleviate concerns over delays on the High Street and the safety of the people using it.

Image courtesy of Abergelli Power Limited

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