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Wales round-up: Cardiff regeneration schemes make waves; Petition launched against controversial Llandudno pier plans

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 19 November-25 November, 2016

Cardiff regeneration schemes make waves

Details of two major regeneration projects in the capital have surfaced; one for a major mixed-use scheme and the other for the regeneration of a brewery site.

The Planner

Autumn Statement: £2.3bn for Housing Infrastructure Fund 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund that will see £2.3 billion invested into housing infrastructure in the 2016 Autumn Statement.

The Planner

Autumn Statement: City deals promised for Scottish and Welsh cities 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a number of deals for cities in Scotland and Wales, as well as more funding for Local Enterprise Partnerships in his 2016 Autumn Statement.

The Planner

Autumn Statement: Industry reacts to city deals and regional support

Industry bodies and politicians have reacted positively to Autumn Statement commitments to cities and regions, but hinted that they would like to see more to come.

The Planner

New Planning Policy Wales edition published

Edition 9 of Planning Policy Wales  incorporates fully revised chapters on ‘The Historic Environment’ and on ‘Retail and Commercial Development’, along with changes to take account of provisions of the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 and the coming into force of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

Welsh Government

Valero plans for Pembrokeshire oil refinery ‘good news’

Valero, the owner of a Pembrokeshire oil refinery, has submitted £100 million plans to maintain its “viability” and “secure future jobs”. The company wants to build a combined heat and power cogeneration unit at its existing facility.

BBC News

‘Capital Quarter’ flats set for approval

Planners are set to approve Number 4 Capital Quarter – the final office block to be built on land off Tyndall Street in Cardiff. The detailed scheme provides 11,600 square metres of commercial floor space.

The UK Bulletin

New £30m Deeside research institute plan announced

The Welsh Government has announced that a £30 million manufacturing and research institute is being planned for Deeside.

BBC News

Petition launched against controversial Llandudno pier plans

An online petition against controversial plans for Llandudno pier has had more than 700 signatures in four days – with protesters claiming it’s “not Victorian enough”.

Wales Online

‘Agreement’ on empty Bangor business park, Bryn Cegin

Planning permission is being sought for a leisure scheme at a Gwynedd business park that has been empty for more than 10 years, says economy secretary Ken Skates.

BBC News

‘Lost City’ of Trellech could become tourist attraction

The archaeological ruins of a medieval city in Monmouthshire could be turned into a tourist attraction under new plans.

BBC News

MP warns against wind farm impact

An MP has warned that vast swathes of idyllic mid Wales could be blighted by the “ugly stain” of more wind farms.

Wales Online

Brechfa wind energy scheme gets underway

Construction of the Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm on a 140-hectare site managed by Natural Resources Wales on behalf of  the Welsh Government in Carmarthenshire is now under way.

Natural Resources Wales

PM urged to get moving on Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to give her backing to the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project by local council leaders in the city region.

Welsh Government