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Wales round-up: M4 relief road public inquiry kicks off; Cardiff city deal signed off

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 25 February-3 March, 2017

M4 relief road public inquiry kicks off

The public inquiry into the Welsh administration’s planned £1.1 billion M4 relief road to the south of Newport opened this week.

The Planner

Cardiff city deal signed off

The £1.2 billion City Deal for the Cardiff Capital Region was formally signed off on St David’s Day (1 March) by all the leaders of the 10 local authorities that make up the region.

Wales Online

Plans for 160 homes near Merthyr Tydfil

Proposals have been unveiled for a 160-home, mixed-use development on the former Ardagh factory site near Merthyr Tydfil.

Wales Online

Student flats application submitted

Plans for a 13-storey, 556-bed student block by Swansea railway station have been given the green light by the city council.

South Wales Argus

Design for Swansea’s new council headquarters revealed

Revised plans for Swansea council’s new headquarters have been revealed. Under the proposals, staff would be relocated from the current Civic Centre complex to a new building at a site currently used as a car park opposite the city’s Grand Theatre.
Wales Online

Cardiff’s Coal Exchange hotel and bus station approved

The proposed new transport interchange at Cardiff's Central Square development, including a 14-stand bus station, has been given the go-ahead by the city council - which has also approved listed building consent for the conversion of the former Coal Exchange into a hotel and spa.

Wales Online

Carcraft showroom redevelopment set for approval

A scheme to redevelop the former Carcraft car showroom in Newport for retail and wholesale is set to get the go-ahead.

Insider Media

Prime minister urged to act on tidal lagoon project 

Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to give the go-ahead to the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project by the leaders of the four local authorities in the region.

Insider Media

Skates announces £3m for Yr Egin

Plans for a creative industries hub in Carmarthen will be backed by £3 million of Welsh Government funding, economy secretary Ken Skates has announced.

Welsh Government

Consultation on rail services launched

Passengers and interested parties across Wales and the Borders area are being consulted on future rail services by Transport for Wales.

Welsh Government

Young people facing housing ‘trap’ in county

Further discussions have been held to evaluate the problems facing Monmouthshire council in providing affordable housing for residents.

South Wales Argus

United Welsh borrows £25 million to build 300 homes

Caerphilly-based housing association United Welsh has borrowed £25 million to help it build 300 new homes over the next two years.

Caerphilly Observer

Eleven bid for UK City of Culture 2021 title

Eleven towns and cities have now put their names forward to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

BBC News

Welsh Government sets out plans for a North East Wales Metro

Infrastructure secretary Ken Skates has published proposals for transport improvements in North Wales to provide sustainable and integrated transport links for the region, including a North East Wales Metro.

Welsh Government

Operation targets suspected illegal activity in Newport 

In a multi-agency operation, Natural Resources Wales has joined forces with Gwent Police, Newport City Council and the Home Office to visit a site of mutual interest in Newport. The site is suspected of illegal activities relating to environmental, planning, licensing and immigration offences. 

Natural Resources Wales

Holyhead's Newry Beach ‘village green’ bid rejected 

An attempt to register land at a beach in Holyhead as a village green has been refused by Anglesey County Council.

BBC News