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Wales round-up: Ambitious plans for 5,000-home South Wales regeneration scheme take shape; Cardiff transport hub funding move

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 13 January-19 January, 2018

Ambitious plans for 5,000-home South Wales regeneration scheme take shape

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has confirmed to The Planner its ambitious proposals for a former open cast coal mining site at Llanilid next to the M4, which could accommodate what would be a new settlement of 5,000 homes.

The Planner

John Acres inaugurated as RTPI president

A ceremony has been held in London to inaugurate John Acres as the 2018 RTPI president.

The Planner

Applause for town planning ideas from students

New housing using natural materials, electric car-charging infrastructure, smart energy meters, and a sensory garden are among the many ideas put forward by the winners of the 2017 RTPI World Town Planning Day Schools Competition.


Cardiff transport hub funding move

The redevelopment of Cardiff's main transport hub has been allocated £40 million of city deal funding in a move that should help see the £180 million Metro Central project climb off the drawing board. The scheme incorporates a new central bus station and the modernisation of Cardiff Central train station.

Cardiff City Council

M4 relief road costs rise

The M4 Relief Road project around Newport is expected to cost more than £1.4 billion once VAT is taken into account, a senior Welsh Government official has told AMs.

BBC News

Royal Navy project at Cardiff’s Roath Dock

Modified plans for a multimillion-pound investment in Cardiff Bay planned by the Royal Navy have been submitted by Associated British Ports involving land near Roath Dock which will house reservists and a training facility.

Insider Media

Swansea Bay Metro plea

UK Government transport secretary Chris Grayling has been urged to give his backing to the proposed £1 billion Swansea Bay Metro project by Labour MP Geraint Davies.

Wales Online

Newport offices to flat scheme

Gloucester Chambers, a grade II-listed former solicitor’s office in Newport, looks set to be turned into 16 flats.

Insider Media

Derelict Denbigh hotel makeover?

A former hotel near Denbigh in North Wales, which has been derelict since it closed almost a decade ago, could be transformed into a luxury holiday park.

Wales Online

Go-ahead for Swansea student development

Plans for a major student accommodation scheme involving five blocks providing 706 bedrooms on the former Unigate Dairy site next to the River Tawe in Swansea have been granted outline permission by the planning authority.

Insider Media

Greenlight for Swansea homes

A 61-home residential development in the Swansea suburb of Newtown has been given the go-ahead by the city council.

Insider Media

Former west Wales creamery set for homes

The site of former creamery near Landielo in west Wales could be transformed into new homes and a commercial unit.

Wales Online

Empty homes revelation

Thousands of homes have been left empty across Wales – many for more than two, five and even 10 years, according to figures revealed by a Liberal Democrats Freedom of Information request.

Wales Online

Listed Mold hotel extension

A listed hotel in Mold, North Wales, is proposing building an extension that would add 30 beds to its existing 11.

Insider Media

Flood insurance help for thousands

Nearly 10,000 homes in Wales have been insured under Flood Re, a scheme designed to cut bills for people in flood-prone areas.

BBC News

Llangefni link road progress

Transport secretary Ken Skates has announced government funding which should see the final sections of the Llangefni Link Road completed.

Welsh Government

Nuke scheme considers its ecological footprint

Horizon Nuclear Power is consulting on the creation of ecological areas and wetland habitats to help to reduce the possible effects of constructing its planned new nuclear power station on Anglesey.

BBC News

Newport master plan

Newport City Council is consulting on a new masterplan for the city centre focusing on three main areas – a northern gateway, the city core, and the riverside.

Newport City Council