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24/07/2020

Wales round-up: Members back new neighbourhood for Swansea; Go-ahead for Cardiff city centre tower

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18 July-24 July, 2020

Members back new neighbourhood for Swansea 

The city council’s planning committee backed a new neighbourhood providing hundreds of new homes at Penllergaer around 7.5 kilometres northwest of Swansea city centre and close to junction 47 of the M4 this week.

The Planner

Battery factory moves

The company behind plans for the first UK gigafactory producing batteries for electric vehicles has confirmed that South Wales is now its preferred location for the £1.2 billion project and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Welsh Government for a site at the latter’s Bro Tathan Business Park at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Wales Online

Go-ahead for Cardiff city centre tower

A 27-storey residential tower providing 188 flats proposed for Cardiff city centre has been approved for a site on Butetown, just south of Cardiff Central railway station.

Wales Online

Council approves plans to increase car park

Plans for a major reconfiguration of the Mermaid Quay multistorey car park on Stuart Street in Cardiff Bay, which will double in size, have been recommended for approval by city councillors in the face of fierce local opposition.

Insider Media

Gower holiday park gets frosty reception

A proposed new holiday park earmarked for eight-hectares of farmland at Port Eynon on the Gower has had a frosty reception from Swansea City Council planning officers, the local community and conservation bodies.

Wales Online

£38m to boost active travel

The administration has announced £38 million in grants to local authorities for active travel and road safety schemes.

Welsh Government

Powys Georgian House project

The grade II-listed Calcott Hall at Four Crosses, a rare example of a Georgian country house in Powys, could be renovated under new plans that could see the abandoned property near Welshpool given a new lease of life funded by the conversion of nearby barns into new homes.

BBC News

Greenlight for Llanelli Aldi

Carmarthenshire County Council has approved a major Aldi store on the outskirts of Llanelli, proposed for a site north of Trostre Retail Park, between the B4304 and the A484.

BBC News

Funding boost for social housing

Swansea-based Coastal Housing Group, one of the principality’s biggest housing associations, has increased its borrowing facility. This should allow it to build more than 900 new homes.

Wales Online

Ports warm to freeport status

Associated British Ports has confirmed that it is looking at securing freeport status covering all of its ports in South Wales: Port Talbot, Swansea, Newport, Cardiff and Barry. The Port of Milford Haven, Cardiff Airport and the Port of Holyhead are all interested in this prospect.

Wales Online

Cardiff reservoir views

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has unveiled new designs for a new visitor centre at Cardiff's Lisvane and Llanishen reservoirs, where there will be facilities for sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and electric picnic boats.

Wales Online

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