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Wales round-up: Report calls for 'city deal' support for Welsh rural areas; Plans for 17-storey student accommodation in Cardiff revealed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 1 July-7 July, 2017

Report calls for 'city deal'support for Welsh rural areas

Rural Wales requires the equivalent of the city deals for the Cardiff and Swansea regions, insists a new report.

The Planner

Self and custom build homes market on the rise

The UK’s self and custom build housing market has recorded its third consecutive annual rise, according to new research.

The Planner

RTPI publishes Environmental Impact Assessment note

The RTPI has said it thinks that chartered town planners who have suitable experience in preparing EIAs are competent experts.


Plans for 17-storey student accommodation in Cardiff revealed

Proposals for a 17-storey high 366-student flat scheme, with its own open to the public restaurant, have been published for the centre of Cardiff.

Wales Online

Free weekend bus travel across Wales

A groundbreaking pilot offering free weekend bus travel to passengers across Wales has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Welsh Government

Vote puts stringent cap on number of student homes in Swansea

The City and County of Swansea Council’s planning committee has agreed to make two amendments to its supplementary planning guidance on purpose-built student accommodation and houses of multiple occupancy which are largely used by students. Thresholds have been lowered.

Wales Online

Historic hospital building could be torn down

Health board chiefs are under pressure to reconsider plans to demolish Maes Y Gwernen Hall, in the grounds of Morriston Hospital Swansea, which was once home to British Prime Minister David Lloyd George and his family.

Wales Online

100,000 sq ft industrial scheme set for go-ahead

Plans to develop more than 9,290 square metres of new industrial space on the site of a former depot in Newport are set to get the green light.

Insider Media

Campaign launched against development that would replace Cardiff Bay waterfront walk

Residents have launched a campaign against the Dolffin Quay development which, if it goes ahead, will see buildings erected directly looking out over Cardiff Bay and Roath basin where people currently can walk along the waterfront.

Wales Online

Government invites bits for football museum

The Welsh Government has invited bids as it considers whether to press ahead with a national museum dedicated to sport.

Wales Online

Hydroelectric scheme approved in Carmarthenshire

A hydroelectric scheme has been given the go-ahead for the upper reaches of the River Towy in Carmarthenshire.

Wales Online

Word of warning to hydroelectric scheme operators

Natural Resources Wales has urged hydro operators to comply with their licence conditions.

Natural Resources Wales

Welsh public sector to be carbon neutral by 2030

Environment secretary Lesley Griffiths has called for views on how to make the Welsh public sector carbon neutral by 2030.

Welsh Government

Heritage sector worth over £900m to Wales

The heritage sector generates £963 million for the Welsh economy each year and supports more than 40,500 jobs, a new report by the Historic Environment Group has suggested.

Welsh Government

£3.7 million to improve community facilities in deprived areas of Wales

Thirteen projects will share funding during 2017/18 from the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities programme, which provides capital grants of up to £500,000, to develop and improve facilities for communities.

Welsh Government 

Residents try to save an old Pontypridd school building

Hundreds of people in Pontypridd have got behind a campaign to save a historic grade II listed school building after an application was submitted by developers to demolish it. 

Wales Online

Conygar to build 80-bedroom Anglesey hotel

The Conygar Investment Company has signed an agreement to construct an 80-bedroom hotel at a 45-hectare site on Anglesey.

Insider Media