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Wales round-up: Cardiff bus station development agreement secured; 450 homes proposed for former Wrexham steelworks

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 27 July-2 August, 2019

Cardiff bus station development agreement secured

The Welsh Government has reached an agreement with Legal & General and developer Rightacres Property to build a new bus interchange for Cardiff, the final – and much delayed – major element of a £400 million regeneration scheme.

The Planner

North West leads on construction contract value awarded

The north west of England topped the regions for construction contract awards value in June with a 36.6 per cent share of the total contract value, according to Barbour ABI statistics.

The Planner

Bricklayers in short supply, survey suggests

Nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) of construction SMEs are struggling to hire bricklayers, a survey by the Federation of Master Builders has suggested.

The Planner

450 homes proposed for former Wrexham steelworks

Brymbo Developments Ltd has submitted a masterplan to Wrexham County Borough Council for its Brymbo Park scheme at the former steelworks site, where it proposes to build 450 new homes, a primary school and small district centre.

Insider Media

Neath Port Talbot revises growth deal projects

Neath Port Talbot Council’s cabinet has been asked to back a revised business case for the authority’s Swansea Bay City Deal projects. This will see a bigger emphasis on innovation and future energy technology, as well as moves to make the town’s Waterfront Enterprise Zone the gateway to the whole city region.

Neath Port Talbot Council

Bridgend housing backed

A 127-unit housing development planned for a former school near Bridgend has been recommended for approval by the county borough council.

Insider Media

Capital office block revamp

Plans for a multimillion-pound revamp of an office block at Dumballs Road in the centre of Cardiff – to provide some 6,040 square metres of grade A floorspace - have been revealed.

Wales Online

Council house drive underway in Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board has approved the first phase of building more than 900 council houses, which will involve 374 new council properties, 242 of which will be sited in the Llanelli and district area.

BBC News

Denbigh wind farm powers up

Renewable UK’s largest onshore wind farm, a 96-megawatt project in Clocaenog Forest near Denbigh, has started generating power.

Wales Online

Thumbs-down for Gwynedd camping pods

A councillor’s bid to install eight camping pods on her land at Plas Yng Ngheidio, Boduan, has been turned down by Gwynedd Council.

Cambrian News

Swansea City Deal academics sacked

Swansea University has sacked its vice chancellor Richard B Davies and the dean of its School of Management, Marc Clement, for gross misconduct. This follows an eight-month disciplinary process triggered in part by the academics’ involvement in the proposed £200 million Life Science and Wellness Village project at Llanelli, a key element of the £1.3 billion City Deal for the Swansea Bay City Region.

BBC News

Live music map

The Welsh Government has commissioned a project that aims to provide a geographical map of grassroots music venues across the whole of the country. It will identify clusters of venues and any common characteristics.

Welsh Government

Aberthaw power station closure brought forward

Aberthaw B Power Station, Wales's last coal-fired plant, looks set to close next March, at least a year earlier than originally expected in a move that threatens 170 jobs at the 1.56-gigawatt generator in the Vale of Glamorgan.

BBC News

Marine protected areas strategy and funding

The Welsh Government has published an action plan for the country’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs), as well as approving extra funding worth £138,500 to aid biodiversity.

Welsh Government

Theatr Clwyd revamp proposed

Proposals for a major revamp of Theatr Clwyd have been submitted to Flintshire County Council.

Insider Media

New growth deal funding pledged

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that growth deals in both North and Mid Wales will be allocated some of the £300 million of new funding  being committed to initiatives across Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

UK Government