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Wales round-up: Green light for Cardiff city centre hotel; UK minister voices interest in Swansea tidal lagoon development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 1 May-7 May, 2021

Green light for Cardiff city centre hotel

Proposals to convert a former shopping centre in Cardiff into a 166-bed hotel complete with food and drink outlets have been approved by the city council.

The Planner

Toolkit for neurodiversity launched 

A toolkit that seeks to promote best practice when consulting with neurodivergent people about the built environment has been launched.

The Planner

SME workloads grew in Q1 of 2021

Workloads, enquiries and employment all grew for small to medium-sized (SME) construction firms in between January and March (Q1) of 2021, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

The Planner

UK minister voices interest in Swansea tidal lagoon development

A tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay with thousands of floating houses and a floating solar farm is “of great interest,” David TC Davies, the under-secretary of state for Wales, told a UK Parliament Welsh Affairs Committee hearing about renewable energy and carbon emission targets.

Wales Online

Bridgend residents shun female offenders project

Local residents have spoken out against plans to house Welsh female offenders at a former office block in Bridgend, one of five locations shortlisted by the UK Ministry of Justice for a new facility.

Wales Online

Rhyl vet scheme mooted for former Aldi store

Part of a former Aldi supermarket in Rhyl could have a new lease of life as a not-for-profit veterinary practice under change-of-use proposals submitted to Denbighshire County Council.

Wales Online

Former Swansea night club set for flat conversion

A semi-detached house that was once a popular Swansea nightclub and gig venue in Uplands called Mozart’s is set to be converted into nine flats.

Wales Online

Whitchurch cancer centre protest

Hundreds of people have taken part in a weekend of protests against the building of a £180 million cancer centre, including a hospital, at a greenfield site in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

Wales Online