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Wales round-up: Cardiff skyscraper looms into view; Circuit of Wales revelation

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 3 February-9 February, 2018

Cardiff skyscraper looms into view

A 27-storey tower block that would dwarf the Welsh capital’s current skyline has been recommended for approval by the Cardiff City Council officials.

The Planner

RTPI: Invest in infrastructure in coastal cities

The RTPI has said that infrastructure investment in the UK ports and coastal cities would help to mitigate Brexit’s impact on the economy.

The Planner

RTPI launches online ethics tool

The RTPI has launched a new bite-size online learning module on professional ethics to provide members with more clarity and support in this area.

The Planner

Circuit of Wales revelation

The Welsh Government has indicated for the first time it was only prepared to guarantee around a quarter of the cost of the now-aborted Circuit of Wales development in Ebbw Vale, top civil servant Dame Shan Morgan revealed during oral evidence to the Welsh Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee.

BBC News

Pembrokeshire dome approved

Plans to build a £7 million ‘SkyDome’ at the Bluestone National Park Resort near Narberth, Pembrokeshire, have been approved.

BBC News

Welsh MPs voice backing for Swansea tidal lagoon

MPs from across Wales lined up at the first bilingual session of the Welsh Grand Committee in the Commons this week to demonstrate the strength of cross-party support for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project and tidal power in general.

Wales Online

Capital’s infrastructure spend totals £700m

New schools, buying up land for affordable housing, a new bus station, cycling routes and a new cemetery all feature in Cardiff City Council’s plans to spend £700 million on the capital’s infrastructure over the next five years.

Wales Online

£8m funding for active travel

A total of 54 so-called Active Travel and road safety schemes across Wales will receive a share of over £8 million funding, the government has announced.

Welsh Government

Tartan tree policy tips

Environment minister Hannah Blythyn visited the Scottish borders this week to learn more about Scotland’s success in new woodland creation as the Welsh administration looks to boost new tree-planting rates significantly.

Welsh Government

Cardiff suburb homes traffic fears

Residents have claimed that detailed plans for 121 new homes in the Cardiff suburb of Llanishen will make traffic problems worse.

Wale Online

Swansea LDP hearing opens

During the first day of hearings into Swansea’s new local development plan a busy health surgery has claimed that building thousands of new homes in its Swansea patch could be ‘disastrous’.

Wales Online

Dark sky progress for the Clwydian Range

Plans to grant the Clwydian Range in north-east Wales ‘Dark Sky’ status have moved a step closer.

BBC News

Monmouthshire and Brecon canal restoration

Boats could be brought back to a disused part of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal as part of an estimated £65 million restoration project over 10 years that is under consideration by the Canal and River Trust.

BBC News

Conwy flood plain moves

Conwy Council is reconsidering plans to attract investment to develop parts of the Tir Llwyd industrial site in Kinmel Bay, which is on the area’s flood plain.

BBC News

Clearance for ash recycling gasification plant at Barry

An ash recycling gasification plant at Barry Docks approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council has been given the final go-ahead by Natural Resources Wales after a long-running battle.

BBC News

Housing land returns

The administration has published a summary of local authority joint housing land availability studies for 2017.

Welsh Government

Call-in briefing note

Senedd researchers have provided a briefing note on the ‘call-in’ process for planning applications.

Welsh Assembly

Cardiff PassivHaus scheme opposed

Plans for a council-led development of 42 eco-friendly PassivHaus homes on the site of the former Highfield Centre in Heath, Cardiff, is facing concerted opposition from residents.

Wales Online

Site for new indoor arena for the capital named

The location for a new £100 million, 15,000-seater indoor arena in the capital is due to be named as a site in Cardiff Bay near Atlantic Wharf.

Wales Online

Dinas Powys housing on school site set to be approved

A 215-home development at the site of a former school in Dinas Powys is poised for the green light after Vale of Glamorgan Council planners recommended its approval.

Insider Media