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Wales round-up: £90m boost for transformation of Welsh town centres; Swansea pushes for 1,000 low-energy council homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 25 January-31 January, 2020

£90m boost for transformation of Welsh town centres

Towns in Wales are to receive £90 million of additional investment as part of a reshaped government approach to transforming town centres.

The Planner

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The Planner

Swansea push for 1,000 low-energy council homes

Swansea City Council has pledged to build 1,000 new 'low energy' council homes over the next decade following the local authority cabinet's approval of a £180 million investment in this programme.

Swansea City Council

Go-ahead for capital tower

Cardiff City Council has approved a new residential tower in the city centre. The 16-storey block of flats in Bridge Street is part of a mixed-used development.

Wales Online

Support for Swansea mixed-use scheme

Proposals by Hacer Developments for a mixed-use scheme in the centre of Swansea have been backed by officials. The scheme includes a 12-storey tower on a prominent site in the city centre that will involve the redevelopment, extension and regeneration of the existing building at Picton Yard, 242-246 Oxford Street. It will include retail and office space as well as 44 new flats together with a new city square.

Insider Media

Newport market revamp promise

The developer behind the proposed £12 million redevelopment of Newport’s historic grade-two listed market is set to submit a planning application for a scheme promising a tech hub, flats, hotel, virtual gaming space, gym and  cinema.

Wales Online

Hotel proposal for Cardiff office conversion

A former head office building located on a Cardiff business park has been earmarked for conversion into a 57-bedroom three-star hotel.

Wales online

Wakeboarding makes waves in Rhyl

The latest proposals for Rhyl's former Sun Centre site inlcude a wakeboarding facility and ninja warrior assault course.

Wales Online

Footpath rerouted away from Carmarthenshire naturist campsite

A public footpath that cuts through the middle of a naturist campsite in Maesycrugiau, Carmarthenshire is to be rerouted after a planning saga that took two years to resolve.

BBC News

Mumbles skatepark mooted

Proposals for a £300,000 skate park on the seafront at Mumbles have surfaced.

BBC News

Ebbw Vale dog breeding refusal appealed

Contentious plans for dog breeding kennels in a converted stable in Ebbw Vale, which were refused by Blaenau Gwent Council, have been appealed.

Wales Online

Broadband boost for 40 villages

Digital network venture Openreach has confirmed a rollout of 'ultrafast broadband' to more than 40 villages across Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.

Wales Online

Green light for Llandeilo market hall revamp

Carmarthenshire Council has given the go-ahead, subject to Cadw approval, for the £3.9 million conversion of the listed and council-owned market hall at Llandeilo, into offices, shops and a café.

Wales Online

Cardiff’s climate change risk ranked highly

A new study has ranked the Welsh capital sixth out of 85 world cities in terms of the risk faced by the impact of rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Wales Online