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Wales round-up: Push to reduce coastal flooding; M4 relief road decision not before 4 April

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 9 March-15 March, 2019

Push to reduce coastal flooding in Wales announced

Construction work is due to start on a number of important schemes to fight coastal erosion and flooding as part of a £150 million programme of investment over three years, Welsh environment minister Lesley Griffiths announced this week.

The Planner

Spring Statement 2019: £3bn for affordable housing scheme

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a £3 billion Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme in the Spring Statement, and that progress is being made on a growth deal for Mid Wales.

The Planner

RTPI attends MIPIM

The president and chief executive of the RTPI have attended the world’s leading property exhibition, MIPIM.

The Planner

M4 relief road decision not before 4 April

There will be no decision on the M4 relief road project before the Newport West by-election on April 4, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed in a statement to AMs this week

National for Assembly for Wales

Cardiff and Vale College campus projects

Cardiff and Vale College has announced £55 million of new campus investment. It will involve a dedicated centre for advanced manufacturing at Cardiff airport and a new site at the Barry Waterfront development, just a short walk from the town's train station and next to a planned Welsh medium primary school.

Wales Online

New Travelodge sites named

Travelodge has announced plans for seven new hotels at Aberystwyth, Penarth, Pwllheli, Swansea, Tenby, Torfaen/Blaenau and Wrexham.

Wales Online

New Lidl for Newport newspaper offices

The office of the South Wales Argus in Newport is set to be demolished and replaced with a Lidl supermarket.

Insider Media

Infrastructure funding probe

The National Assembly for Wales’s Finance Committee has announced an inquiry that will review the different sources of capital funding available to the government to pay for major projects, such as new roads and hospitals

National Assemby for Wales

Hirwaun traveller site blocked

Retrospective planning permission for a traveller site for a family at Hirwaun in the upper Cynon Valley has been refused by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council because of road safety concerns.

Wales Online

Cleddau bridge tolls to be scrapped

A deal to scrap tolls on the Cleddau road bridge in Pembrokeshire has been agreed between the county council and the Welsh Government.

BBC News

Denbigh holiday lodges refused

Plans to develop 24 holiday lodges close to an airfield in Denbighshire have been turned down by the county council on the advice of officials, who said the proposals would appear as an isolated development within the former parkland setting near Denbigh.

Insider Media

AMs criticise ministers over slow-lane electric car progress

The government has been slow in showing leadership on improving electric car provision in Wales, according to the initial findings of a National Assembly for Wales committee inquiry.

National Assembly for Wales

Greenlight for Cardigan waterfront redevelopment

Ceredigion County Council has approved plans to turn a former warehouse at Cambrian Quay on Cardigan’s waterfront into an events space, business units and a hostel.

BBC News

Swansea coastguard station options revealed

The former Swansea coastguard station which closed four years ago could get a new lease of life as possibly a hotel, housing, a care home or offices.

BBC News

Cardiff Bay project makes waves

Proposals for a major mixed-use scheme in Cardiff Bay with waterfront flats, bars, restaurants, a cinema complex, hotel and a 15,000-seater indoor arena are making progress, it has emerged.

Wales Online

Plan to tackle the capital’s air pollution

A £32 million plan to reduce dangerous levels of air pollution, cut congestion, improve road networks, public transport and cycling options in the city centre has been drawn up by Cardiff City Council.

Cardiff City Council