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Wales round-up: Canal Quarter mooted for Cardiff City Centre; Mid-Wales growth deal moves

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 25 May-31 May, 2019

Canal Quarter mooted for Cardiff City Centre

Ambitious proposals to create a ‘Canal Quarter’ in the middle of the Welsh capital that would see a currently buried waterway reinstated have been unveiled as part of an emerging blueprint for the neighbourhood.

The Planner

Framework published to guide cities

The Urban Technology Framework has identified 12 current trends that will shape hubs and help developers and architects to deliver future cities.

The Planner

Work begins on making the most of offshore wind

A major programme of work has begun to make sure the UK’s low-carbon energy system optimises the electricity generated from renewable sources such as offshore wind.

The Planner

Mid-Wales growth deal moves

A Mid-Wales growth deal has taken a step forward now the leaders of Ceredigion and Powys county councils have formally agreed to collaborate on projects that benefit the regional economy.

UK Government

Carmarthen Lidl project backed

Proposals to build a Lidl supermarket (1,325 square metre in size) on the site of a former police station in Friars Park, Carmarthen, have been recommended for approval by Carmarthenshire County Council planners.

Insider Media

Workplace parking tax suggested

A workplace parking tax on large employers should be considered in Welsh cities, cycling charity Sustrans Cymru has proposed, and the money raised used for public transport and encouraging people to take up active travel.

BBC News

Surge in council-house building

Council houses are being built in Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Anglesey, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham, Powys, Pembrokeshire, Swansea and Vale of Glamorgan for the first time in decades in response to a shortage of affordable housing.

BBC News

Gwynedd gold strike

High-grade gold has been found in a previously untapped area by exploration company Alba, which owns the licence rights to 106 square kilometres of land in Gwynedd.

Wales Online