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Wales round-up: Changes to Welsh EIA regime highlighted; Plans for 200 new homes in Neath are under way

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 29 April-5 May, 2017

Changes to Welsh EIA regime highlighted

Welsh chief planner Neil Hemington has written to all heads of planning about changes to the environmental impact assessment regime due to come into force on 16 May.

The Planner

Huge apartment tower scheme for Cardiff Bay ‘fundamentally flawed’ 

The proposed Dolffin Quay development for Cardiff Bay, which includes a huge 24-storey residential tower, has been described by former secretary of state for Wales, Lord Crickhowell, as being “fundamentally flawed”.

Wales Online

Plans for 200 new homes in Neath are under way

Hale Construction has announced proposals to build up to 200 new houses on farmland in Neath close to Gilfach Quarry.

Wales Online

Work on Cardiff Bay’s Box City could start this autumn

Work on the world’s first mixed-use Box City – using 400 shipping containers – could start this autumn in Cardiff Bay, it has emerged.

Wales Online

Cardiff could get hi-tech version of the red phone box

Cardiff could be the first city in the UK to get the 21st-century hi-tech version of red phone boxes currently being trialled in London.

Wales Online

HSBC backs Swansea development

Swansea-based housebuilder Hygrove Homes has won a £5 million investment from HSBC to support its Brunel Wood development at Upper Bank, which involves more than 90 properties across two sites.

Insider Media

Ken Skates keen to explore further A55 improvements

A study has been commissioned to explore the potential for improvements to the A55 in North Wales. The road is used by up to 70,000 vehicles at peak times and the government has made improvements in recent times.

Welsh Government

£3.4m Welsh and Irish coastal erosion study begins

A £3.4 million project to map sections of the Welsh coastline in more detail than ever before has begun as part of a study that aims to find out how quickly remote coastal areas in Wales are disappearing owing to climate change.

BBC News