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15/12/2017

Wales round-up: First-ever marine plan published for Welsh seas; Swansea ponders off-site construction

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 9 December-15 December, 2017

First-ever marine plan published for Welsh seas

The Welsh Government has published the first-ever marine plan for Welsh seas, covering the inshore and offshore marine plan areas for which Welsh ministers are the marine planning authority.

The Planner

Swansea ponders off-site construction

Formal talks are due which could lead to hundreds of new homes being manufactured off-site in Swansea every year, creating hundreds of new jobs.

Wales Online

Pier project deferred

A decision on proposals to build 49 flats, a restaurant and an underground car park at Llandudno's old pavilion pier site has been deferred by Conwy Council.

BBC News

Economic action plan

A new economic action plan was launched this week by economy secretary Ken Skates which stressed the importance of regional growth.

Welsh Government

Empty property reuse success

Figures for the 2016/2017 financial year show 358 empty properties being brought back into use across Swansea – the most of any local authority area in South Wales and the third most in Wales.

Swansea City Council

Coast path addition

A new section of the Wales Coast Path has been opened at Mostyn close to the River Dee in Flintshire.

Welsh Government

Green light for capital cancer hospital

Plans for a controversial new cancer hospital in a Cardiff suburb have been approved.

BBC News

Cardiff music initiative

Music will be placed at the heart of Cardiff’s future now the Welsh capital has been officially declared a ‘Music City’ and the council will develop a music strategy that will protect its music scene and boost the city’s international profile.

Cardiff City Council

Transport guidance

The administration has published new transport appraisal guidance designed to deliver transport solutions that are low or zero-carbon, mitigate air pollution problems, catalyse the green economy and make people, goods and services mobile in ways that do not cost the Earth.

Welsh Government

Boost for capital student bedrooms

Four developments that will together provide more than 1,000 new student bedrooms in Cardiff were set to get the green light this week.

Insider Media

Green squeeze

Natural Resources Wales chairwoman Diane McCrea wants more clarity from Welsh ministers about their expectations under tighter budgets after warning the environment watchdog’s funding cuts means it can’t meet all the public’s expectations.

BBC News

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