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Wales round-up: First Welsh national spatial strategy published; Cardiff residential skyscraper proposed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 20 February-26 February, 2021

First Welsh national spatial strategy published

Housing and local government minister Julie James has launched the national spatial strategy – a 180-page document called Future Wales. RTPI Cymru director Roisin Willmott comments.

The Planner

Start of the year stats show decline in contract awards values

For January 2021, the total value of contract awards was £4.3 billion, which is 10 per cent less than the monthly average of £4.5 billion recorded for 2020.

The Planner

Cardiff residential skyscraper proposed

Developer Galliford Try has revealed proposals to locate a 29-storey residential tower of 262 flats at Guildford Crescent in Cardiff city centre, which was once home to restaurants Madeira and Thai House, as well as the popular music venue Gwdihŵ.

Wales Online

Caerphilly place-shaping initiative

Caerphilly County Borough Council has drawn up a so-called ‘place shaping’ framework that sets out a wide range of proposals requiring a total investment of £231 million. Proposals include active travel initiatives, new schools and a major mixed-use development in the Upper Rhymney Valley.

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Newport developments

Proposals to knock down the Newport Centre, replace it with a college campus and build a new leisure centre on a nearby site on Usk Way in the city centre have “overwhelming support”, following a public consultation undertaken by the city council.

Wales Online

Port Talbot housing approved

Social housing provider Tai Tarian’s proposals to build more than 50 new affordable homes and refurbish more than 70 existing flats in Port Talbot have been approved by the local authority.

Wales Online

Swansea Market grand designs

Plans to transform the heart of Swansea Market have been unveiled, which could involve a pergola theme design with greenery along with a 7.5-metre-tall landmark feature that mirrors the market’s landmark glass roof.

Wales Online
Massive Ebbw Vale bottling plant plan goes to the wire

Negotiations between the Welsh Government and the Turkish industrial conglomerate the Ciner Group about developing a huge bottling plant at the Rassau Industrial Estate near Ebbw Vale in Blaenau Gwent are reported to be at a critical stage.

Wales Online

Swansea greening strategy makes waves

Swansea City Council’s cabinet has adopted a green infrastructure strategy designed to deliver a greener city with fewer hard surfaces making the city more resilient to climate change through provision of more space for wildlife and biodiversity. In a separate but related development, plans to open up more Swansea waterways for boat travel from the mouth of the River Tawe up the Swansea Valley towards Neath have also been unveiled.

Swansea City Council

Environmental assessor appointed

Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, an environmental and rural lawyer, has been appointed as the interim environmental protection assessor for Wales. She will consider issues raised by the public on the functioning of environmental law in Wales. The appointment will be for two years, during which time the government will develop a permanent environmental governance oversight body.

Welsh Government