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Wales round-up: Rail infrastructure projects boost South Wales Metro plans; Pinewood Studios investment performs poorly

Words: Roger Milne

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

Rail infrastructure projects boost South Wales Metro plans

The Welsh Government has announced funding worth nearly £100 million for a new train depot at Taff’s Well, about seven miles north of the capital, as part of proposals for the South Wales Metro.

The Planner

Rise in students on RTPI-accredited planning courses

The number of students across the world studying an RTPI-accredited course grew by 8 per cent in 2017/18 to 4,138.

The Planner

RTPI elects new Fellow

Susan Bridge is the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute following her election in June.


Pinewood Studios investment performs poorly

The Auditor General for Wales has published a critical report into the Welsh Government’s decision to enter into a collaborative agreement with Pinewood to promote TV and film production in Wales via a facility at Wentloog. It cost the administration nearly £10 million to set up before spending nearly £14 million on productions that have so far only recouped £4.3 million.

Wales Audit Office

Listed public toilet just the job as Newport arts space

Plans to convert a grade II listed public toilet in Newport into a performing arts space seating 25 people have been approved.

Insider Media

Carmarthenshire housing initiative

Carmarthenshire County Council members have agreed to channel more than £1 million into a new company to build 500 houses across the county.

Wales Online

Pembroke redevelopment funding

About £4 million is to be spent on redeveloping Pembroke’s South Quay next to the existing castle with proposals that include a Henry Tudor visitor’s centre.

BBC News

Approval for Cardiff business park with biomass plant

Cardiff City Council has given outline approval for a business park off Rover Way, close to the waterfront, with its power supply to come from a 9.5-megawatt biomass plant.

BBC News

Improved North Wales digital connectivity project

The North Wales Economic Ambition Board has unveiled a £56 million plan to improve digital connectivity in the area as part of the region’s growth bid.

Insider Media

Porthcawl flat funding agreed

A former hotel in Porthcawl is set for a £24 million conversion into 35 flats after the project’s developer secured a funding package from United Trust Bank.

Insider Media

Snowdonia boutique hotel and ‘glamping’ proposal

Welsh millionaire Lawrence Jones has announced plans to invest £10 million on an ‘iconic’ boutique hotel and a quarry glamping development in the heart of Snowdonia close to Llyn Cwellyn.

Wales Online

Cwmbran development deal

The development of a new sixth form college, alongside offices and a hotel, in Cwmbran has moved a step closer now Torfaen County Borough Council's cabinet has approved a deal to acquire a town centre site owned by the Welsh Government. 

Insider Media

Capital solar farm set for success

Proposals for a 7.5 megawatt solar farm on a former landfill site at Lamby Way in Cardiff look set for the thumbs-up from the city council.

Wales Online

A494 River Dee bridge upgrade

Options are being considered for upgrades to the A494 River Dee Bridge in Flintshire, transport secretary Ken Skates has announced.

Welsh Government

Swansea lagoon pension fund backing

The managers of billions of pounds of Welsh public sector pension funds are writing to the UK and Welsh governments to give their backing in principle to the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.

Swansea City Council