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Wales round-up: New racetrack project mooted for Blaenau Gwent; Neath redevelopment proposals submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 17 November-23 November, 2018

New racetrack project mooted for Blaenau Gwent

Blaenau Gwent Council has confirmed to The Planner that the local authority is in ‘early discussions with interested parties’ over a proposal for a technology-based employment hub at Ebbw Vale.

The Planner

Homelessness on the rise

Three hundred and twenty thousand people are recorded as homeless in Britain – an increase of 13,000 people over the last year.

The Planner

£60m for new renewables auctions

Energy minister Claire Perry has announced a £60 million budget for new renewables auctions.

The Planner

Neath redevelopment

Proposals for the second phase of a retail-led redevelopment project for Water Street in the centre of Neath have been put out to consultation ahead of a detailed application being submitted.

Insider Media

Green power on the up

Last year the equivalent of 48 per cent of the country’s electricity came from renewable energy sources as the country edged towards ambitious targets for clean energy by 2030.

Welsh Government

Blaenau Gwent LDP

Blaenau Gwent Council is calling for developers, landowners and the public to submit sites that could be included for new development, redevelopment or protection in its latest local development plan.

Blaenau Gwent Council

Funding for Pontypool heritage ironworks

The British, a now-derelict iron works in Abersychan near Pontypool, is set to be transformed by a heritage trail and cafe in a £3.7 million project.

BBC News

Curlew fears

One of Wales’s most iconic birds could be extinct in the principality in less than 20 years unless urgent action is taken, according to experts working to save the curlew in Wales.

Natural Resources Wales

Swansea student flats

Proposals have been unveiled in Swansea city centre to turn a former bank on Kingsway into flats with the addition of two extra storeys.

Wales Online

Grangetown housing gripes

Campaigners say they will continue to fight proposals for a new housing development in the Cardiff suburb of Grangetown, which involves the conversion of a warehouse, even though the plans have been revised following a public outcry.

Wales Online

Cemaes Bay attraction

The £2 million transformation of a chapel at Cemaes Bay, Anglesey, into a year-round tourist attraction and focal point for Wales's most northerly village has been given the go-ahead.

BBC News

Town-proofing report published

The Welsh section of the Federation of Small Businesses has published a report on the future of towns that urges ministers to back digital town centre managers and town centre strategies for each settlement as well as establishing a new Future of Welsh Towns Fund.

Federation of Small Businesses

Crickhowell high street is the tops

Crickhowell’s high street has been crowned the UK's best.

Wales Online

Improved station access

Transport secretary Ken Skates has endorsed a nomination of improvements to 15 stations – in Mid and West Wales, North Wales and South East Wales – as part of the UK Government’s Access for All initiative.

Welsh Government

Green light for Porthcawl marine centre

Revamped plans for a £5.5 million maritime centre in Porthcawl have been given the green light by the planning authority after an earlier version was scaled back.

BBC News