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Wales round-up: Swansea city regeneration gathers pace; Pembrokeshire seeks information on illegal tree felling

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 6 April-12 April, 2019

Swansea city regeneration gathers pace

Further proposals for the regeneration of Swansea city centre are in the pipeline now that Coastal Housing has revealed it is working on a third phase of its Urban Village initiative.

The Planner

Pembrokeshire seeks information on illegal tree felling

In response to the illegal felling of protected trees, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has taken the ‘unprecedented’ step of erecting two temporary information at the site in a bid to find the person responsible.

The Planner

Bala lake works to take place

Natural Resources Wales is preparing a programme of work to make sure that Wales’s largest natural lake, Llyn Tegid in Y Bala, remains safe in the long term following concern about the long-term stability of the lake’s embankments, which play a key role in protecting the town of Bala from flooding.

Natural Resources Wales

Capital music blueprint

A blueprint to unlock Cardiff’s music potential and create the UK’s first Music City is being considered by the city council.

Cardiff City Council

Newport technology initiative

Newport Economic Network has announced an ambitious proposal to establish a National Technology Institute Newport.

Newport City Council

Mid-Wales urban regeneration fund

Deputy housing and local government minister Hannah Blythyn has announced £1.5 million of Welsh Government funding for a new £2.14 million Town Centre Property Investment Fund. It is designed to bring vacant commercial, residential and retail space back into use across the six mid-Wales towns of Brecon, Lampeter, Llandrindod Wells, Llandysul, Newtown and Tregaron.

Welsh Government

Anglesey motor racing circuit project

Proposed improvements to a motor racing circuit on Anglesey involving a track redesign, larger paddock and a hospitality suite could generate an extra £2 million a year for the local economy as well as attracting an extra 40,000 visitors a year to the facility at Trac Mon near Aberffraw, the owners have claimed.

BBC News

Huge Pembrokeshire egg production facility approved

Proposals for a huge egg production facility at Langdon Farm, Kilgetty, near Saundersfoot, capable of accommodating 32,000 laying hens have been approved by the county council.

Insider Media

Go-ahead for Llandrindod Wells homes

Asbri Planning has secured permission for a £7.5 million residential development of 55 properties at Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

Insider Media

Rail station improvements announced

A total of 11 Welsh railway stations are in line for a revamp totalling £300 million to make them more disabled-friendly.

Insider Media

Merthyr masterplan move

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is tendering for consultants to prepare a strategic masterplan for a £50 million visitor attraction telling the story of the town’s pivotal role in iron production during the industrial revolution. It would be located at Cyfarthfa Castle and its 77-hectare park.

Wales Online

Construction firm to invest in Neath development

Timber frame construction specialist Sevenoaks Modular is set to invest £6.5 million in the acquisition and regeneration of part of the former Metal Box factory site in Neath, where it plans a 23,225 square metre facility.

Insider Media

Cardiff tree row

A row has erupted in the leafy Cardiff suburb of Roath, where the owners of a sports club have triggered opposition to plans to remove a group of 10 mature London plane trees whose roots, the club claims, pose a health and safety risk and are damaging tennis courts.

Wales Online

Barry Waterfront development rumble

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has again taken enforcement action against Persimmon Homes after the developer began further construction at Barry Waterfront in breach of conditions about the timing of work on a district centre.

Vale of Glamorgan District Council