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Wales round-up: Port Talbot earmarked for major new prison; M4 relief road would hit Newport docks economy, inquiry hears

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 18 March-24 March, 2017

Port Talbot earmarked for major new prison

Plans for a major new prison to be built in Port Talbot have been unveiled as the government announced the locations of four new jails, three at existing prison sites in Yorkshire, Wigan and Rochester.

The Planner

£23m for hydrogen cars

The government has announced a £23 million fund aimed at accelerating the take-up of hydrogen vehicles and roll out of more cutting-edge infrastructure.

The Planner

M4 relief road would hit Newport docks economy, inquiry hears

A new M4 relief road could cost Newport docks an overall sum of £6 million by 2035, the public inquiry into the scheme has heard.

South Wales Argus

Consultation on 24-storey apartment tower planned for Cardiff Bay

Public consultation has begun on proposals to build a 24-storey residential tower and leisure scheme, known as Dolffin Quay, in Cardiff Bay.

Wales Online

Work begins on first 192 homes of 1,500 for Cardiff

Wates Residential has begun work on the first 192 homes of the City of Cardiff Council’s flagship house building programme, which will see the development of 1,500 homes across 40 sites.

City of Cardiff Council

Council leads bid to secure funds for Newport Transporter Bridge

Newport City Council is backing an ambitious bid to secure the future of the city’s iconic Transporter Bridge. The council is hoping to obtain £8 million of Heritage Lottery funding for a long-term programme of improvements and repairs.

Newport City Council

Laser images used to reveal Snowdonia’s ancient history

Laser radar technology is being used to carry out the biggest ever archaeological survey of Snowdonia in order to better understand prehistoric and Roman field boundaries and settlements.

BBC News

High street shopping fighting back in Wales, figures show

High streets are enjoying a resurgence as consumers in Wales turn out in larger numbers than the rest of the UK, new figures have suggested.

BBC News

£31.4m transport schemes for a connected, safe and active Wales

The Welsh Government has announced £31.4 million of grants to local authorities across Wales for transport schemes to improve safety, create economic growth and promote active travel.

Welsh Government

Market Arcade restoration plan moves forward

Plans to restore Newport’s oldest surviving shopping arcade have moved a step forward.

BBC News

£200m A55/A494 Deeside road upgrade plans go on show

Proposals for more than £200 million of improvements to the North Wales Expressway have gone on public display. The proposed investment aims to tackle congestion on the A494 and A55 around Queensferry and Deeside in Flintshire.

BBC News

Flintshire Council go-ahead for study into new homes’ sites

Flintshire Council has said it will spend £500,000 investigating the feasibility of 11 proposed sites for major new housing schemes.

The Leader

Pontypridd to receive major jobs boost

Economy secretary Ken Skates has announced that the new headquarters for Transport for Wales, the next rail franchise and South Wales Metro operator will be in Pontypridd.

Wales Online

Spaceport should be in Gwynedd – John Whalley

Its coastal location and clear airspace make Llanbedr airfield in Gwynedd a frontrunner in the race to host the UK’s first spaceport, according to Aerospace Wales chief executive John Whalley.

Wales Online

Transfer of the Development Advice Map

From this week, the country’s flooding Development Advice Map will be managed, maintained and published by Natural Resources Wales. This aims to reduce complexity by locating all maps showing flood hazard and flood risk information in one location.

Welsh Government

Clwydian hill range bids for night sky award

The Clwydian hill range and area of outstanding natural beauty is bidding to become a dark sky reserve. It would be the third area of Wales to be given the status, alongside Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.

BBC News

Welsh Government confirms commitment to infrastructure investment

Ministers have been banging the drum for the administration’s innovative Mutual Investment Model initiative and the three major capital projects that will be delivered through the model, including completing the dualling of the A465 from Dowlais Top to Hirwaun.

Welsh Government