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Wales round-up: Circuit of Wales passed; Plans submitted for Wales’s tallest building

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 14-20 November, 2015

Land deal paves way for controversial race track in Ebbw Vale

Controversial proposals for a £325 million motor racing track in Blaenau Gwent have passed a key milestone, following the Welsh government’s decision to de-register common land to allow the project to be built at a site in Rassau, Ebbw Vale.

The Planner

Wales’s tallest building could be 132m tower in Cardiff

Cardiff could take over from Swansea as the home of Wales's tallest building as plans for a 132-metre high student accommodation tower in the city centre are unveiled.

BBC News

Flats and hotel plan for Newport’s ex-Sainsbury’s site step closer

Plans for a derelict supermarket site in Newport to be redeveloped into 600 student flats and a hotel have moved a step closer now that city councillors have granted outline planning permission for the three-hectare former Sainsbury's site in the city's Shaftsbury area.

BBC News

Wates Living Space to deliver major Cardiff regeneration project

Cardiff City Council has named developer Wates Living Space as the company that will help deliver the plan to build up to 1,500 new homes in the city over the next 10 years under the council’s Housing Partnership Programme.

City of Cardiff Council

Escalating electrification costs denounced as ‘staggering and unacceptable’

The escalating costs of the electrification of the Great Western main line have been condemned as “staggering and unacceptable” by the Common’s Commons Public Accounts Committee as the all-party group of MPs published a report that concluded it was “highly likely” that the timetable of delivering electrification from Paddington to Cardiff in 2017 and to Swansea by 2018 will not be met.

Wales Online

Cardiff must be allowed to retain a green belt around the city for the benefit of local people, environmental chief claims

The chair of Cardiff Civic Society has written to planning minister Carl Sargeant, calling on him to reject any attempt to scrap the capital’s green belt in favour of a weaker so-called “green wedge” approach that is under consideration in the city’s draft local development plan.

Wales Online

CBI urges M4 relief road timetable

The next Welsh government should set a timetable for the M4 relief road and put an independent body in charge of big infrastructure projects, CBI Wales has said. It also wants the number of councils cut from 22 to no more than eight.

BBC News 

Hotel and resort planned for Barry Island in spot of former Butlins site Nell’s Point

A hotel and resort are planned for Barry Island where former Butlins Holiday Camp was located.

Wales Online 

Housing associations bring £1bn to economy in Wales

Welsh housing associations directly contributed more than £1 billion to the economy in 2014/15, says an independent report.

BBC News 

Campaigners plead with developer not to demolish historic city building that is ‘unique to Wales’

An application to demolish the Splott University Settlement building in Cardiff and replace it with flats has triggered a row.

Wales Online

Huge £120,000 funding boost will transform Ebbw Vale steelworks site into wildlife haven

A Michael Sheen-backed bid to transform parts of the former Ebbw Vale steelworks site into a wildlife haven has scooped £120,000 of funding after triumphing in a public ballot.

Wales Online

New headquarters for BBC Wales in Cardiff gets the go-ahead

New £120 million headquarters for BBC Wales in the centre of the Cardiff gets the go-ahead following sign-off for the scheme.

Wales Online 

Call for spending on cycle paths in Wales to be doubled

Spending on cycle paths and footpaths in Wales should be doubled, according to a transport charity. Sustrans has called for "active travel" to receive 4 per cent of the transport budget to ensure that the Active Travel Act, which became law last year, is successful.

BBC News