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Wales round-up: AMs set for binding vote on Newport M4 relief road; 20,000 sites approved to June 2018 – stats

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 20 October-26 October, 2018

AMs set for binding vote on Newport M4 relief road

Welsh Assembly Members (AMs) will get a binding vote on the controversial M4 relief road project near Newport, the government confirmed this week.

The Planner 

20,000 sites approved to June 2018 – stats

In the year to June 2018, 354,646 units were granted planning approval across 20,076 sites in across the England, Wales and Scotland.

The Planner 

RTPI committees open to applications

RTPI members have been invited to get involved with the institute’s work through participation in its flagship committees. 


North Wales slate mines seek World Heritage status

The slate mine landscape of Gwynedd in North Wales has been chosen as the UK’s next preferred nomination for UNESCO World Heritage site status.

BBC News

Cardiff hotel scheme

Ambitious proposals have surfaced to introduce a hotel and public space into the grade II listed Howells building in the centre of the Welsh capital.

Wales Online 

Broadband roll-out plans

The government has signed an agreement with BT to provide access to fast broadband for around 16,000 premises in North Wales, the south-west and the Valleys.

Welsh Government 

Swansea Tidal Lagoon’s investment hunt

Documents released by the parliamentary committees investigating the Swansea Tidal Lagoon project have revealed that the company behind the scheme was looking to the Welsh government to invest up to £461.1 million in the project, through a combination of debt and equity. 

Wales Online

£50m boost for recycling

The administration has announced more than £50 million capital funding over the next three years to support recycling including the provision of new infrastructure.

Welsh Government

Giant chicken shed mooted for Newtown

Revised proposals for a huge shed housing up to 32,000 chickens on a farm at Upper Gwestydd, near Newtown have been submitted to Powys County Council.

BBC News

Swansea riverside student scheme 

Detailed proposals have been unveiled for a student accommodation scheme involving four blocks alongside the River Tawe in Swansea. 

Wales Online

Porthcawl project wins funding

A plan to develop Porthcawl into an iconic waterfront location has moved a step closer after £1.5 million of EU funding was secured for the project. 

BBC News

AMs want roads fixed before new ones are built

Fixing Wales’s roads should be a priority over building new ones, according to the Welsh Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.

National Assembly for Wales 

Enforcement advice

Chief planner Neil Hemington has urged the timely use of enforcement powers in a letter to all planning authorities.

Welsh Government