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Wales round-up: Boost for North Wales growth deal and M4 relief road; Marine energy aspirations

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 27 October-2 November 2018

Budget 2018: Boost for North Wales growth deal and M4 relief road

The UK Government commits £120 million to allow a North Wales Growth Deal to proceed, the third such initiative to be agreed in Wales. The commitment came as part of Monday’s Budget announcements.

The Planner

Marine energy aspirations

Finance secretary Mark Drakeford set out Wales’ ambition to become a leading country for marine energy when he spoke at an international conference on the subject in Edinburgh this week.

Welsh Government

South Wales Valleys strategic hubs named

Local government secretary Alun Davies has named the seven strategic hubs across the South Wales Valleys: Northern Bridgend, Ebbw Vale, Cwmbran, Merthyr, Pontypridd, Caerphilly, and Neath.

Welsh Government

Neath homes

Locally based company Hale Construction has unveiled proposals for a development of 200 homes on the outskirts of Neath.

Wales Online

Funding for land contamination at Amlwch

The Welsh Government has confirmed it will provide financial support to Isle of Anglesey County Council to complete remediation work on land contaminated with lead and arsenic, which affects 16 properties at the Craig Y Don estate in Amlwch.  

Welsh Government

Cardiff cinema demolition

MSG Group has unveiled proposals to demolish a historic cinema in Cardiff’s City Road.

BBC News

Carmarthenshire eco-homes

A 32-home eco development is to be built in Carmarthenshire after the county council’s new housing company secured a £4 million funding package.

Insider Media

Gower glamping proposals

A farm on the Gower peninsula, which grows Christmas trees and runs a Santa's grotto, is looking to diversify further by opening a glamping site and caravan park.

Insider Media

Wrexham theatre site redevelopment

Proposals to redevelop the former site of Wrexham’s Hippodrome theatre with retail and housing have been submitted by Hindle Property Investments.

Insider Media

Cardiff Bay science centre expansion

Techniquest has submitted a planning application for a £5.7 million project, which would expand its science discovery centre in Cardiff Bay.

BBC News

Rhondda bypass mooted

A major bypass could be built across a large part of the Rhondda Valley in a bid to alleviate traffic issues under proposals under consideration by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

Wales Online

Colwyn Bay funding boost

More than £1.4 million funding has been allocated to Colwyn Bay to help bring vacant commercial space back to use and revitalise existing shop fronts in the town.

Welsh Government

Giant’s hand for Menai crossing?

Visitors to Anglesey could cross the Menai Strait on a bridge held aloft by a mythical Welsh giant, according to plans proposed by a civil engineer from Bangor in northwest Wales who is unimpressed by the current options for a Third Menai Crossing.

BBC News   

Five new NRW board members named

The administration has appointed five new members to the board of Natural Resources Wales.

Welsh Government