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Wales round-up: Cardiff mulls over plan for massive tidal barrage; Lords welcome new powers in Wales Bill

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 12 November-18 November, 2016

Cardiff mulls over plan for massive tidal barrage

Cardiff City Council is considering investigating the opportunities and issues that a £6-8 billion tidal lagoon could bring to the area.

The Planner

Lords welcome new powers in Wales Bill

Peers have this week welcomed the prospect of new powers over the water industry that would mean the UK government couldn’t in future flood Welsh valleys to create water supply for England unchecked. However, government proposals in the Wales Bill to give the Welsh government responsibility for determining power generation schemes up to 350 megawatts in capacity remains contentious and attracted criticism when the legislation was discussed in the Lords this week.

UK Parliament

Cardiff bus station plans submitted

Plans for a new bus station as part of a mixed-use scheme at Cardiff’s Central Square regeneration development have been submitted to planners.

Wales Online

Homes plan for Denbigh’s North Wales Hospital site passed

Proposals to partly demolish a derelict Denbighshire landmark, the North Wales Hospital in Denbigh, to build up to 200 homes and 34 flats have been approved.

BBC News

Winter tourism drive plans to boost Conwy's economy

Talks are being held about developing a winter tourist season to boost full-time job opportunities in Conwy County.

BBC News

Council leader joins forces on Newport Knowledge Quarter

Newport City Council's leadership has joined the city's university and FE college on a task force to develop options to establish a Newport Knowledge Quarter. 

Newport City Council

Adventurer says he won’t build beach huts on Welsh beauty spot

Television adventurer Bear Grylls has ditched controversial plans to build 25 beach huts on the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd following an outcry by locals.

Wales Online

New university campus approved

The next phase of Cardiff University’s £300 million Innovation Campus has been given to go-ahead.

Wales Online

Newport’s Friars Walk ‘attracts 10 million in one year’

The owners of Friars Walk, Newport’s landmark £90 million city centre shopping complex, say it has attracted 10 million shoppers into the city since it opened 12 months ago.

BBC News

100 Cardiff apartments approved

The go-ahead has been given to property company Portabella for more than 100 new flats close to centre of Cardiff at the Old Imperial Buildings south of Cardiff Central Station.

Wales Online

Part of city church could be turned into apartments

Part of St Paul’s Church in Grangetown, which appeared in a Doctor Who episode, could be turned into flats under proposals out for consultation.

Wales Online

Swansea residents to be asked for their views on city centre regeneration

Swansea residents have been asked for their views on the city centre regeneration of the St David’s area with shops, a boutique cinema, cafés, restaurants, residential apartments, university teaching facilities and an indoor arena

Wales Online

Creative firms hub launched

A new hub for creative firms has been launched in Cardiff.

Wales Online

New mountain bike skills track in Mid-Wales

Natural Resources Wales has announced proposals to build a new mountain bike skills area at Bwlch Nant yr Aran, its popular Mid-Wales visitor centre near Aberystwyth.

Natural Resources Wales

Boost for Deeside Enterprise Zone as Electroimpact UK plans expansion

Specialist aerospace industry supplier Electroimpact UK is investing £2.8 million to expand its facilities and operations at the Deeside Enterprise Zone in a move that would create 37 jobs with support from the Welsh Government.

Welsh Government

Wedge-shape skyscraper designs revealed

Developers who want to build a wedge-shaped 20-storey building at a new development called Dolffin Quay proposed for a prominent Cardiff Bay location near the Norwegian Church have revealed what the scheme would look like.

Wales Online