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13/07/2018

Wales round-up: Consent for key Cardiff city centre redevelopment; A thumbs-down for casino plan at Circuit of Wales site

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 7 July-13 July, 2018

Consent for key Cardiff city centre redevelopment

The initial phase of the regeneration of the Brains Brewery site in the heart of the capital has been approved by the city council.

The Planner

‘Setback’ for planning apprenticeship degree

The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group has received confirmation that its appeal to overturn the decision by the Institute for Apprenticeships to not approve the Level 7 Chartered Town Planner Apprentice Standard has been rejected.

The Planner

Land Registry launches digital register

HM Land Registry has introduced its new digital Local Land Charges Register.

The Planner

A thumbs-down for casino plan at Circuit of Wales site

Economy secretary Ken Skates has expressly ruled out the prospect that a casino could be built on the site of the failed Circuit of Wales project after confirming that among many companies interested in the location is US-based real estate investor Rocksteady Partners. It has proposed a scheme combining the race-track with the development of a leisure resort that would include a casino.

Welsh Assembly

Vale of Glamorgan road scheme sparks woodland fears

More than 1,500 people have signed a petition against a new road in the Vale of Glamorgan due to fears over loss of ancient woods.

Wales Online

Rhondda rail tunnel progress

Rhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council and neighbouring local authorities are considering bidding for funding from the administration’s Active Travel initiative to reopen two former rail tunnels, Rhondda and Aberrant, partly as cycleways.

Rhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council 

Anglesey nuke ruffles feathers

An internationally important seabird nesting site could be threatened by plans to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey, conservationists have claimed.

BBC News

Go-ahead for A55 improvements

Improvements costing £25 million to the A55 between Abergwyngregyn interchange and Tai’r Meibion farm have been given the green light by transport secretary Ken Skates.

Welsh Government

Swansea energy recovery project

Biffa Waste Services, which already operates from a depot at Swansea Enterprise Park, Llansamlet, has submitted an application to build a small-scale ‘energy recovery facility’ at the site.

Wales Online

Mixed views of valleys initiative

A landmark programme to improve the South Wales Valleys is poorly targeted and not bold enough, a social policy think tank has argued. But The Welsh Government has claimed that its initiatives have resulted in more than 1,000 economically inactive people starting work, while an additional 100 new enterprises have been created within the areas targeted over the past 12 months.

Caerphilly Observer and Welsh Government

St Asaph flood defence scheme opened

A £6 million flood defence scheme built to protect St Asaph, Denbighshire, badly hit by flooding six years ago, has been officially opened.

BBC News

Swansea becomes a property investor

Swansea Council has revealed the first deal – a sale and leaseback transaction involving a Swansea Enterprise Park building – completed since the local authority decided to become a property investor.

Insider Media

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