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Wales round-up: Funding package to protect jobs and boost growth; First Minister unveils five-year plan for Wales

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 17 September-23 September, 2016

Funding package to protect jobs and boost growth

A Development Bank for Wales could be operational by the summer of next year, confirmed economy secretary Ken Skates as Finance Wales formally launched its £136 million fund to back growth-focused SMEs.

The Planner

Call to divert investment away from major schemes to local transport

Local transport schemes deliver benefits faster and offer better value than high-profile, large infrastructure projects, according to a spending analysis.

The Planner

Vote for Wales’s Best Places

The RTPI Cymru has announced the top 10 nominations put forward by the public in its competition to find Wales’s Best Place. Votes can be submitted online, in both English and Welsh. Alternatively, email it to walesbestplace@rtpi.org.uk or tweet it to @WalesBestPlaces. Voting is open until Friday 30 September.

The Planner

Call for entries to George Pepler award

The RTPI is calling for entries to the George Pepler International Award 2016.

The Planner

20-storey Cardiff Bay tower plans revealed

Associated British Ports has revealed proposals for a 20-storey high residential tower with ‘spectacular’ views across Cardiff and the Bristol Channel earmarked for a site by the iconic Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay.

Wales Online

Final chance to cast your vote for RTPI vice-president

Candidates from across the UK have put themselves forward to be elected to the RTPI’s General Assembly and Board, including the chair of the board and vice-president roles. Members will need to vote before 30 September.

The Planner

Caernarfon to Bontnewydd Bypass draft orders exhibited

Draft orders for the A487 Caernarfon to Bontnewydd bypass have been on public display this week.

Welsh Government

First Minister unveils five year plan to take Wales forward

The Welsh government’s five-year programme confirms the commitment to create at least 100,000 all-age apprenticeships and the development of the South Wales Metro.

Welsh Government

Concerns grow over zorbing centre plans for Menai Bridge

Councillors have been “inundated” with complaints over proposals for a zorbing centre near Menai Bridge, Anglesey.

BBC News

Deserted train station could be transformed into military museum

A listed, derelict and endangered train station in Cardiff Bay could be transformed a military museum, it has emerged.

Wales Online

‘Ambitious’ plans could transform Carmarthen’s old town

Ambitious plans to transform Carmarthen’s “old town” around Jackson’s Lane and King Street have been unveiled.

Wales Online

‘Huge’ Hinterland mural could be painted onto Aberystwyth building

Plans for a huge Hinterland mural on the side of a building in Aberystwyth have been proposed to Ceredigion County Council.

Wales Online

Barmouth toilet block to house conversion recommended for approval

Dyfi Architecture has applied for permission to transform a disused toilet block on Barmouth’s Marine Parade into a one-bedroom property

Daily Post