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Wales round-up: Funding boost for Wrexham steelworks regeneration scheme; Development Bank bankrolls 1,200 new homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 21 March-27 March, 2020

Funding boost for Wrexham steelworks regeneration scheme

The redevelopment and regeneration of a historic former iron and steel works near Wrexham has passed another important milestone – the ambitious project has received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund worth over £4.1 million.

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RTPI: Tell us your views on Covid-19 response from government

The RTPI wants to hear its members’ views on the UK Government’s response to the coronavirus (Covid-19).

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Hills suggests a cut in working hours to help mental health

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has introduced measures at the institute to allow staff to reduce their working hours by 30 per cent to safeguard their mental health while working from home during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Self-employed need more support during coronavirus crisis, says RTPI

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has urged the government to expedite plans to support self-employed workers in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence to go ahead – on YouTube

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are to take place as scheduled on 30 April – but as an exclusively online event.

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PINS suspends site visits amid coronavirus outbreak

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has suspended site visits until further notice, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that everyone but key workers must stay at home.

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Development Bank bankrolls 1,200 new homes

Seventy-nine property developers have received investments totalling £100 million for 112 projects from the Development Bank of Wales’s managed funds, which have helped to bankroll the delivery of at least 1,200 new homes.

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Newport office-to-hotel conversion

Newport City Council has secured government repayable funding for regeneration projects. It is set to be used for the conversion of two upper floors of a city centre office block into 28 so-called apart hotel rooms.

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BHS store to be converted into offices

Swansea Council planners have welcomed a proposal to convert the upper floors of Swansea city centre’s former BHS store into offices.

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Blaenau Gwent decking wrangle

A family in Blaina, Blaenau Gwent, has been ordered to tear down decking outside its home. This is because the structure, which towers over the street below, was erected without planning permission.

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Pembrokeshire bids to delegate all planning decisions to officers

Pembrokeshire County Council’s ‘urgency committee’ is meeting next week to decide whether to allow decisions for all planning applications to be delegated to officers during the coronavirus emergency. This initiative comes in the wake of a promise from minister for housing and local government Julie James to “enable democratic decisions to be made remotely”. She also said: “We will extend the capacity of a local authority to delegate decision-making – in a limited and controlled manner.”

Millford Mercury and Welsh Government