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Wales round-up: Revamped Newport Docks scheme will delay M4 project; Valleys hi-tech blueprint published

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 30 December 2017-5 January 2018

Revamped Newport Docks scheme will delay M4 project

Major new proposals for a £136 million revamp of Newport Docks as part of the building of the M4 relief road have been unveiled by transport and economy secretary Ken Skates.

The Planner

London chief planner receives New Year’s Honour

Planning, transport and housing professionals have been recognised for their achievements in the latest Queen’s New Year's Honours list.

The Planner

Valleys hi-tech blueprint published

The government has published a document setting out its its ambition for Blaenau Gwent and the wider Valleys to become a key location for the development of emerging technologies, particularly in the automotive sector, by 2027. In a related move, ministers have also agreed to lease the former Techboard Building in Rassau, which is being lined up as sports car-maker TVR's proposed Welsh factory.

Welsh Government

Cardiff bus station partnership deal

Work on Cardiff's new bus station is set start soon following political approval for a new joint venture partnership that will progress the project.

Insider Media

Urban regeneration funding

Housing minister Rebecca Evans has announced £4.9 million of capital investment in local projects across Wales to help support urban regeneration.

Welsh Government

Swansea power station proposal

Drax Power is set to consult on plans for a £100 million open-cycle gas-fired power station at a site near Felindre, Swansea, in advance of applying for a development consent order for the project.

Wales Online

Newport sorting office redevelopment loan

Newport City Council’s cabinet has approved a £12 million loan for the redevelopment of a former Royal Mail sorting office into offices and a hotel.

Newport City Council

Capital office record

Investment into Cardiff's commercial property sector reached record levels in 2017 at more than £400 million, according to international real estate adviser Savills.

Wales Online

Pembroke Dock project progress

A project designed to make Pembroke Dock a centre for marine renewable energy research and development has moved forward now the Port of Milford Haven’s board of directors has approving funding to kick-start the scheme.

Insider Media

Neath employment initiative

The 22-hectare former Metal Box factory site in Neath has been acquired by the council to develop for new employment activity.

Insider Media

Swansea student housing latest

Plans for new homes for 706 students arranged in five blocks at the former Unigate Dairy site alongside the west bank of the River Tawe have been recommended for approval by Swansea City Council planners.

Wales Online

Cardiff water-tower mural

A giant mural illustrated by Super Furry Animals’ album artist has been unveiled in Cardiff on a grade II-listed water tower outside the city’s central station.


Sully village green campaign

Residents in and around the village of Sully in the Vale of Glamorgan have applied to have a local sports club field designated as a village green to protect it from future residential development.

Wales Online

Transport projects update

The devolved administration has published an updated version of its National Transport Finance Plan (NTFP), first published in 2015, which explains how the government proposes to deliver its transport strategy.

Welsh Government

Cardiff bike-hire decision

Cardiff City Council has secured a partner – nextbike UK – for a new bike-share scheme in the city due to start in May of this year.

Insider Media

Article 4 for Blaenavon conservation area

Torfaen County Borough Council has approved an Article 4 Direction withdrawing permitted development rights within the Blaenavon Town Centre Conservation Area.

Free Press

Llanelli brewery buildings makeover

Plans have been lodged for the redevelopment of two grade II-listed buildings to provide new housing on the site of a former brewery in Llanelli.

Insider Media

Third Menai crossing consultation

Ministers are consulting on proposals for a third Menai crossing between Anglesey and the Welsh mainland. Four options are involved.

BBC News

Brave face for tidal lagoon

The developer of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon has said the company remains optimistic about the lagoon being approved soon despite a press report that ministers had ‘gone cold’ on the project.

Wales Online

Swansea bike-hire

A new ‘Boris bikes’-type scheme will be launched in Swansea, after its university beat 22 others to raise £100,000 funding for the scheme from the Santander bank.

BBC News

Anglesey nuclear option

Horizon Nuclear Power has welcomed the announcement that UK regulators have approved its atomic power plant design for use in the UK, paving the way for the technology to be deployed on Anglesey.

Horizon Nuclear Power

Breakthrough for endangered mollusc

Work to save freshwater pearl mussels, a critically endangered mollusc in Wales, has taken a big step forward, thanks to a pioneering programme by Natural Resources Wales.

Natural Resources Wales