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Wales round-up: Green light for master plan of Cardiff’s ‘garden city’ project; EU funding to unlock Caernarfon investment

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 11 March-17 March, 2017

Green light for master plan of Cardiff’s ‘garden city’ project

The City of Cardiff Council has approved plans for the remaining elements of Plasdŵr, the £2 billion ‘garden city’ development earmarked for the north-west outskirts of the capital.

The Planner

SMEs and local authorities receive cash injection to update planning system

Nine small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and local authorities have been awarded a share of £200,000 aimed at supporting the development of new tools and innovations to transform the planning system.

The Planner

RTPI Brexit update (pdf)

The RTPI has published a Brexit update that includes the institute's views on legal and environmental issues.


Plans for steel science centre in South Wales under fire from English MPs

Proposals just announced for an £80 million steel science centre in South Wales have been attacked by a Labour MP from the North of England, whose region was rocked by the closure of the Redcar steelworks in 2015.

Wales Online

Plans for new Cardiff mosque building refused for second time

Plans to build a new two-storey mosque building in Cardiff have been turned down for the second time in just over a year because of traffic issues.

Wales Online

EU funding to unlock Caernarfon investment

European Union funding of £2.5 million has been awarded to a £14 million investment programme in Caernarfon. As part of this town and waterfront regeneration initiative, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway terminus will be transformed.

Insider Media

Two EU property development funds backed

Two new property development funds launched with £14 million of European Union funds are projected to result in an overall investment of £40 million in new and refurbished high-quality commercial premises to support business growth and job creation in the North, West Wales and the South Wales Valleys.

Welsh Government

Views sought on Deeside Corridor

Economy and infrastructure secretary Ken Skates has invited views on proposed solutions to traffic problems along the Deeside corridor.

Welsh Government

Woolworths to be residential accommodation

Locally based investment company Hacer Developments is looking to develop the former Woolworths building on Swansea's Oxford Street for residential use.

Wales Online

Consultation on town hall launched

Residents of the Llynfi Valley have been asked to give their views on proposals that could see a wide range of new community facilities introduced at the listed Maesteg Town Hall.

Wales Online

Library included in plans for old Pontypridd precinct site

A new fitness centre and library will be built as part of the office-led redevelopment of the old Pontypridd Precinct site that will involve three new buildings.

Wales Online

Rail station could unlock ‘untapped potential’

A new Swansea Parkway rail station could unlock the “vast, untapped potential” of the region, Gower’s MP Byron Davies has told the UK Parliament

Wales Online

Top musician joins campaign to stop Cardiff’s Wetherspoon hotel

Singer-songwriter Frank Turner has joined a campaign to stop JD Wetherspoon opening its first hotel in the capital because of concern at the impact on nearby live music venues.

Wales Online

New public square in the heart of Cardiff

Cardiff could get a new public square in the heart of the city centre as plans come forward for the next phase of the Central Square regeneration project.

City of Cardiff Council

Plans revealed for Cardiff shopping centre

Proposals to transform the Capitol Shopping Centre in the centre of Cardiff into a new mixed-use development with a high-rise block of flats above it have been revealed.

Wales Online

Public to have say on £7m plans to double the size of Lawrenny

The latest proposals for a £7 million development of 33 new homes and seven live-work offices at Lawrenny in the Pembrokeshire National Park have gone on show.

The Milford Mercury

Denbigh grammar school site £10m housing plan approved

A £10 million housing development involving 70 flats on the site of a former school has been approved by Denbighshire council.

BBC News

Plans to build homes at business park ‘should be turned down’

Plans for houses to be built at a business park at Pontprennau, Cardiff, should be turned down, say officials who are concerned at the loss of employment provision.

Wales Online

Cadw to stabilise Ruthin Castle

The Welsh Government’s historic environment company Cadw has stepped in to undertake emergency stabilisation works at Ruthin Castle.

Welsh Government

Change of use application for tool shed considered by council

Cardiff City Council is considering a change of use application to turn a former tool shed into a shop selling Italian sandwiches. It would probably become one of the city’s smallest eateries as it measures just six square metres.

Wales Online