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Wales round-up: Detailed proposals submitted for key Swansea city centre redevelopment; Cardiff housing scheme makes progress

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 4 August-10 August, 2018

Detailed proposals submitted for key Swansea city centre redevelopment

The city council has submitted detailed proposals for a £100 million development in Swansea city centre which includes a 3,500-capacity arena.

The Planner 

Cardiff housing scheme makes progress

Work on the first phase of one of the biggest housing schemes proposed in recent times for South Wales is on track to start shortly now that Persimmon Homes has lodged a reserved matters application with Cardiff City Council for the first 400 homes. These have outline permission as part of a development that will eventually see 1,500 homes built at a site south of Creigiau just north of junction 33 on the M4.

Wales Online

Swansea student developments blocked

Swansea councillors have rejected two new student flat blocks designed to accommodate more than 1,000 students despite repeatedly criticising the number of applications for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) brought before them for approval.

Wales Online

Backing for Raglan new homes

Plans to build 45 homes in the Monmouthshire village of Raglan look set to progress after planning officers recommended that the council-led scheme should be approved.

Insider Media 

Active travel grants allocated

The first £10 million tranche of the £60 million funding available to support active travel schemes has been allocated by the government.

Welsh Government

Swansea cycleway mooted

A new 10-mile off-road cycle route has been mooted for the north of Swansea. It would link Llansamlet and Gorseinon, via the DVLA, Morriston Hospital and Penllergaer.

Wales Online

Newport film studio move

A film company could be moving into a new studio in Newport if plans are approved by the council to allow temporary change of use for a 12,885 square metres warehouse on the Queensway Meadows Industrial Estate.

Insider Media

Gwynedd low-flying military aircraft concerns

After "renewed concerns" a local MP has launched a probe into low-flying military aircraft in south Meirionnydd, Gwynedd.

BBC News

Smart energy storage funding

A research hub at the University of South Wales which it is hoped will drive commercialisation in the smart energy storage sector has been launched with EU funding.

Welsh Government News

Wrexham rail investment boost

The Welsh government is providing Transport for Wales with £500,000 investment to develop and progress important rail infrastructure projects in Wrexham, including an upgrade of the Wrexham North Junction. 

Welsh Government

Flintshire biogas plant approved

Plans to build a 2-megawatt biogas plant as part of a new waste management facility in Flintshire have been approved.

Insider Media

Wrexham campus proposals

Proposals for a £20 million expansion of the Wrexham campus of Coleg Cambria have been submitted. They include plans for a new building to house the National Library of Wales Digital Archive.

Insider Media