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Wales round-up: Cardiff Bay tidal lagoon makes progress; RTPI Cymru launches planning photograph competition

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 9 September-15 September, 2017

Cardiff Bay tidal lagoon makes progress

Proposals for a huge tidal power lagoon in Cardiff Bay have made progress this week now the company has secured a connection deal with National Grid for the project which, if built, would be rated at 3,240 megawatts.

The Planner

RTPI Cymru launches planning photograph competition

RTPI Cymru has launched a competition to collect photographs and drawings depicting planning in Wales.

The Planner

World’s first semiconductor cluster comes to Wales

The development of a compound semiconductor industry cluster in south-east Wales has moved closer with the signing of an agreement by the 10 authorities that make up the Cardiff Capital Region.

Welsh Government 

Another record year for housebuilding in Newport

More than 950 new homes were completed in Newport in 2016/17, which is more than last year’s record-breaking figure of 908, the highest number in any local authority area in Wales.

Newport City Council

Anglesey biomass plant ‘will progress’ despite setback

Orthios, the company looking to develop a £1 billion biomass-fuelled plant on Anglesey, was unsuccessful in this week’s clean power auction, but a spokesperson for the organisation has insisted the project will ‘progress despite the result’.

BBC News

Brecon High School redevelopment plans submitted

Proposals for a new £22 million secondary school in Powys have been submitted to Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

BBC News

Petition to reopen railway station in Powys

A petition to reopen the Carno railway station in Powys has been launched.

BBC News

Former Llanelli brewery on Victorian Society ‘at risk’ list

A former Carmarthenshire brewery which was one of the first to produce canned beer has been named by the Victorian Society as one of the most endangered buildings in the UK.

BBC News

Denbigh old grammar school demolition plan for housing

Old school buildings earmarked for demolition in Denbigh should be retained and incorporated into a £10 million housing scheme, heritage conservation group Cadw has recommended.

BBC News

Green light for high-profile Cardiff developments

Two major Cardiff developments, a 32-storey student accommodation tower and a new office building for the UK Government, have been given the green light.

Insider Media

Welsh Government factory expansion plans for Invertek Drives heralds jobs growth

A £5 million Welsh Government factory-build project is set to enable a company manufacturing electronic variable speed drives to create 50 additional jobs in Welshpool by 2020.

Welsh Government

Developers seek to build 10-storey student halls at Cardiff

Developers have submitted plans for a 10-storey building designed to house more than 400 students in Cardiff city centre on an old bowling green at Howard Gardens.

Wales Online

Cardiff bus station plans labelled ‘a farce’

Proposals for Cardiff's long-delayed new bus station are back in the melting pot after the developer said the scheme is not viable in its present form, and flats and offices above the interchange should be replaced with student accommodation.

Wales Online

Landslide risk for 50 more Swansea Valley properties

At least 50 more properties in the Swansea Valley are at a ‘high risk’ of landslides than first thought, says a detailed survey by Neath Port Talbot Council.

BBC News

Huge increase in visitor spending in Wales

Latest figures have suggested that Wales continues to be a popular choice for day trippers during the peak summer months, with the number of visits up by 11 per cent year on year.

Welsh Government

Brewery proposed for listed former cinema

A grade II-listed former cinema in Landore, Swansea, most recently used by a builders' merchant, could be brought back into use after a local beer-maker lodged plans for a new brewery and bar.

Insider Media

Iceland could be forced to abandon plans for a £3m store in Port Talbot

Supermarket giant Iceland has warned that its plans for a new store in Port Talbot might have to be abandoned because of delays in the planning process.

Wales Online

£1.2m to help prepare for winter flood risk

The administration has announced funding worth £1.2 million to help councils and Natural Resources Wales carry out flood defences inspection and maintenance work before winter.

Welsh Government

M4 plan could set dangerous precedent, says commissioner

Welsh ministers are misinterpreting their own legislation in their case for the M4 motorway extension project near Newport, according to the future generations commissioner, who made the claim at the public inquiry into the scheme.

BBC News

Cardiff Airport aiming for £100m terminal by 2025

Design, planning and engineering consultancy Arup has been appointed to draw up a long-term masterplan for Cardiff Airport, including a new terminal building, chairman Roger Lewis has revealed as he suggests passengers numbers could reach three million by 2025.

Wales Online