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Wales round-up: Master plan to boost Wrexham town centre approved; Housing a priority for Wales Green Party

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Wales: 9 April-15 April, 2016

Master plan to boost Wrexham town centre approved

A master plan to improve and revitalise Wrexham town centre has been adopted by the local planning authority and will form a key element of the county borough council’s emerging local development plan.

The Planner

Housing a priority for Wales Green Party

Housing, transport and energy have been listed as priorities in the Wales Green Party’s manifesto.

The Planner

Number of chartered town planner applications increases

The number of planning professionals elected to chartered membership through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) reached 430 in 2015, according to figures from the RTPI.

The Planner

WW2 nerve gas fears for Snowdonia hydro project

Campaigners opposed to a planned hydro-electric pumped storage project in Snowdonia say the site could be contaminated by World War Two nerve gas.

BBC News

First Minister ‘still committed’ to bringing Circuit of Wales to Ebbw Vale but admits there’s a lot of work ahead

First minister Carwyn Jones has said he is still committed to bringing the Circuit of Wales project to Ebbw Vale, but with a fairer model for taxpayers. He insisted that the £9 million already spent by the Welsh Government backing the project was not wasted money.

Wales Online

Cardiff’s Coal Exchange saved in £40m hotel revamp

Cardiff’s historical Coal Exchange building is set to be restored as part of £40 million plans to convert it into a luxury 200-suite hotel.

BBC News