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Wales round-up: Boom in Cardiff hotel projects; D-day looms for M4 extension

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 23 November-30 November, 2018

Boom in Cardiff hotel projects

Media reports have suggested interest in a number of new hotel schemes in central Cardiff involving the Welsh Rugby Union and developer Rightacres Property.

The Planner

RTPI makes inclusivity commitment

The RTPI has committed to increase the diversity of the planning profession. It said the profession should be more representative of the communities it serves.

The Planner

D-day looms for M4 extension

The final decision on building a £1.4 billion M4 relief road near Newport may be made by the next first minister, FM Carwyn Jones has conceded in advance of a non-binding vote by AMs this week calling for his successor – due to assume the position on 12 December –  to determine the project.  

South Wales Argus

Barry enforcement threat

Enforcement action is being considered by Vale of Glamorgan Council over the South Quay Parkside scheme in Barry because the developers haven’t provided the shops and restaurants earmarked for the project’s district centre.

BBC News

Swansea digital arena complex on track

Work on Swansea's eagerly anticipated digital arena complex is on track to start early in the new year as the major regeneration scheme – known as Swansea Central Phase One – is poised to climb off the drawing board.

Swansea City Council

Welshpool EfW project mooted

Proposals have ben unveiled for a £114 million energy from waste project earmarked for Buttington Quarry, near Welshpool in Powys.

BBC News

Swansea village green proposal refused

A government planning inspector has turned down a village green application for Gorseinon's Parc y Werin where Swansea City Council wants to build a new primary school.

Swansea City Council

Combustion clean-up

Two new sets of regulations that will control air pollution from medium-sized combustion plants are due to come into force next month, green regulator Natural Resources Wales has highlighted.  

Natural Resources Wales

Go-ahead for Wrexham campus revamp

Proposals for a £20 million revamp of Coleg Cambria's Wrexham campus has been approved. The Yale site's existing catering, performing arts, sports and examination buildings will be replaced with a three-storey complex providing a 200-seat conference hall, meeting and staff rooms, study spaces, sports facilities and IT suites.

BBC News

South Wales regional park gateways named

Alun Davies, chair of the ministerial taskforce for the South Wales Valleys, has named Dare Valley Country Park, Caerphilly Castle, Cwmcarn Forest, Blaenavon World Heritage Visitor Centre, Cyfarthfa Park and Bryngarw Country Park as the first regional park gateway sites.

Welsh Government

Container homes for the capital

Homeless people in Cardiff could be temporarily housed in shipping containers next year under a development agreement involving the city council and the Cadwyn Housing Association.

Wales Online

NRW timber scandal report

Incompetence alone cannot explain why one of Wales' biggest public bodies sold timber for £1 million less than its true value, AMs have said in a damning report on the actions of Natural Resources Wales, which has been embroiled in another timber scandal.

Welsh Assembly

North Wales gold rush?

Geologists believe there is a potential for a gold rush in north Wales, where Alba Mineral Resources is carrying out a survey across an area known as the Dolgellau gold belt in Gwynedd.

BBC News

‘Rambo’ forest hut demolished

An ex-soldier's hand-built log cabin has been destroyed by officials from Natural Resources Wales as it was built without permission in woods at Crossville near Caerphilly.

BBC News