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Wales round-up: Police to investigate ‘fake’ letters supporting Sully housing scheme; Circuit of Wales financial plan to be considered

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 29 October-4 November, 2016

Police to investigate ‘fake’ letters supporting Sully housing scheme

Letters supporting controversial proposals to build 200 homes on the BP Sports Field at Sully on the South Wales coast may have been faked, planning authority Vale of Glamorgan Council has confirmed.

The Planner

Circuit of Wales financial plan to be considered

The latest financial plan for the multimillion-pound Circuit of Wales project is now being considered by the Welsh Government.

Wales Online

Funding for a £350m ‘super hospital’ is confirmed

A state-of-the-art ‘super hospital’ serving the people of Gwent has been given the go-ahead after the Welsh Government announced a £350 million investment in the facility proposed for Llanfrechfa Grange in Cwmbran.

Wales Online

Plans to transform historic Cardiff Bay building next to the Coal Exchange

Proposals to rejuvenate another historic building in Cardiff Bay’s Butetown area have been submitted to the city council, including plans to extend and convert the Grade II-listed Marine House into flats.

Wales Online

Creation of Menai Science Park on Anglesey begins

Work has begun to create Wales's first dedicated science park near Gaerwen on Anglesey. The project has secured £10.8 million investment from the Welsh Government and £10.2 million of EU funding.

BBC News

Sale of Welsh Government-owned offices in Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone completed

Number 1 Capital Quarter – the Grade A office building originally acquired by the Welsh Government to stimulate development of top-quality office accommodation in Cardiff’s Enterprise Zone – has been sold to Global Gate Capital for a net figure of just under £20 million.

Welsh Government

Sargeant sets out plans to deliver 20,000 affordable homes

Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant has made a statement to the Welsh Assembly setting out how the administration plans to support the delivery of 20,000 affordable homes and complete the task of meeting the new Welsh Housing Quality Standard.

Welsh Government

Half a million pounds to improve access to Wales’s great outdoors

The Welsh Government has allocated £532,000 for 2016/2017 to improve accessibility in three of Wales’s National Parks and four of the country’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Welsh Government

Llandudno’s planned Pier Pavilion development revealed

Details of Llandudno’s planned Pier Pavilion redevelopment have been revealed.

Wales Online

Cardiff council plan bid to end tenants’ right to buy homes

The City of Cardiff Council wants to apply to the Welsh Government to end the scheme across the area in a bid to meet what the city’s leader called a “critical housing need”.

Wales Online

Mark Drakeford sets out timetable for local government reform

Local government secretary Mark Drakeford has set out a clear timetable for talks on local government reform and regional shared delivery of services like planning and economic development.

Welsh Government

£2.5m for environmental improvements to Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Environment minister Lesley Griffiths has announced over £2.5 million funding for Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales, to make improvements to the environment and habitat of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

Welsh Government

Survey work to inform St David’s outline planning application

Environmental consultants have carried out a detailed survey of Swansea’s St David’s development site this week in advance of an outline planning application for an indoor arena, a café and restaurant quarter, a state-of-the-art cinema and an extension of the city’s shopping circuit.

City and County of Swansea