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Wales round-up: Cardiff redevelopment setback, Caerleon campus closure

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 13-18 Septmeber, 2014

Setback for key Cardiff redevelopment

An ambitious proposed £500 million riverside redevelopment project linking Cardiff Bay and the city centre which would provide the Welsh capital with over 2,000 much needed new homes has suffered a setback after the council decided not to proceed with the lease for the site.

The Planner

Welsh agri-environment scheme Glastir has 'significant flaws', says report

The Welsh government’s agri-environment scheme Glastir has significant flaws, according to a report issued by the Auditor General for Wales.

Wales Online 

New cabinet promises focus on city centre regeneration

Swansea City Council’s new cabinet has promised a greater focus on regenerating the city centre and protecting key services.

City and County of Swansea 

Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm approved

Plans to build a 32-turbine wind farm in an afforested area straddling the boundary between Denbighshire and Conwy have been approved by UK energy secretary Ed Davey.

National Infrastructure Planning 

Nearly 150 jobs at risk as University of South Wales confirms closure of Caerleon campus

Wales’ biggest university has confirmed the controversial closure of one of its oldest campuses at Caerleon near Newport.

Wales Online 

Wales has highest national rate of shop vacancy

Wales had the highest rate of vacant shops compared to every nation of Great Britain in the first half of this year, according to the Local Data Company (LDC). The latest LDC figures show Wales had a vacancy rate of 15.4 per cent compared to 11.8 per cent in England and 12 per cent in Scotland.

Wales Online 

Housing for HM Stanley hospital site is approved

The redevelopment of the HM Stanley Hospital site in St Asaph to provide 85 new homes has been approved by councilors in Denbighshire.

BBC News 

Cardiff comes out on top for best quality of life, beating all other UK major cities in new survey

People living in Cardiff enjoy the best quality of life compared with the UK’s other major cities, according to a study from website MoneySuperMarket, which ranked the UK’s 12 largest cities by measuring a range of key economic indicators such as house price growth and rental costs, salaries and disposable income growth, living costs, unemployment rates and “life satisfaction”.

Wales Online

'Bring back Knap Lido' petition gathers 8,000 names

More than 8,000 people have signed a petition calling for the iconic Knap Lido in Barry to be rebuilt.

Wales Online 

Gwynedd studies published

Three joint housing land availability studies have been published for planning authorities in North Wales. They involve Gwynedd, the Snowdonia National Park and the Isle of Anglesey. Respectively these indicate a 4.5, 8.3 and 5.4-year supply of sites.

Gwynedd land availability study

Snowdonia land availablity study

Anglesey land availability study 

Minister opens improved M4 Junction 32 in Cardiff

Welsh transport minister Edwina Hart has officially opened the M4 Junction 32 Westbound to A470 Northbound dedicated lane, which will improve traffic flow and safety at the Coryton interchange.

Welsh government