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Wales round-up: Commissioner for Wales urges ministers to drop M4 project and invest in public transport; Consultation for 850-home Swansea scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 8 September-14 September, 2018

Commissioner for Wales urges ministers to drop M4 project and invest in public transport

Wales could transform its transport system by investing active travel and in public transport – and delivering all phases of the South Wales Metro instead of spending £1.4 billion on a new section of the M4 motorway at Newport.

The Planner

Consultation for 850-home Swansea scheme

Housebuilder Bellway is consulting the public on its outline proposals for up to 850 houses and flats for land at Pennllergaer before submitting applications for the masterplan and first phase to Swansea City Council.

Wales Online

Denbigh hospital CPO move

The final step in the compulsory purchase of a grade II* listed former hospital by Denbighshire County Council has been taken after a legal and planning saga that should now see the former Denbigh hospital partly demolished and redeveloped to provide around 235 new house and flats.

Insider Media

Holyhead hotel proposal

A new 119-bedroom town centre hotel has been proposed for the site of a former Woolworths store in Holyhead, Anglesey.

North Wales Chronicle

Fears for Shotton steelworks listed building

A grade-11 former steelworks office in Shotton, Flintshire, which has fallen into a state of disrepair, has been placed in a top 10 list of endangered UK buildings by the Victorian Society.

BBC News

Haverfordwest store revamp

More than £3.5 million is to be spent on buying and refurbishing a former department store in Haverfordwest, which Pembrokeshire County Council has decided is critical for the town’s riverside regeneration.

BBC News

Raise bog restoration initiative

Natural Resources Wales is embarking on a major project to restore and conserve over 900 hectares of raised bog – some of Wales’s rarest and most important habitats.

Natural Resources Wales

Copperworks conservation

Conservation specialists have started crucial restoration work to preserve one of Swansea’s most iconic former industrial buildings – the Musgrave Engine House in the historic Hafod Morfa Copperworks complex.

Swansea City Council

Barry rail shed conversion

A grade 11 listed former railway shed on the Barry waterfront could be given a new lease of life as an entertainment village with pop-up shops, cafés and modified shopping containers.

Wales Online

Go-ahead for Llanelli cinema project

Full planning permission has been given to proposed renovations to Llanelli’s art deco former Odeon Cinema, with listed building consent also approved.

Wales Online