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Wales round-up: Swansea on the hunt for a city centre regeneration partner; Wrexham affordable homes ditched

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 5 September-11 September, 2020

Swansea on the hunt for a city centre regeneration partner

Swansea City Council launched a global hunt this week for a partner or investor, possibly a consortium, to work with the council to regenerate a number of large sites in the city centre.

The Planner

Wrexham affordable homes ditched

Affordable housing will not now be built at the former Air Products site in Wrexham after developer Prospect Estates Limited argued successfully that a requirement to deliver a quarter of the 230-unit scheme as affordable homes would make the project unviable.

The Leader

Rural economy funding boost

Further funding for the rural economy of Wales including schemes to enhance biodiversity, create and restore woodland and improve food and farming sector resilience will see expenditure of £106 million over the next three years, thanks to government and EU investment.

Welsh Government

Newport data centre approved but 5G mast blocked

Proposals for new data storage infrastructure on land adjacent to Next Generation Data's existing site in Newport have been approved by the city council. In a separate development, a plan to erect a 20-metre high 5G phone mast opposite a grade-II listed performance arts venue in the city have been refused.

Insider Media and Wales Online

Caernarfon Castle makeover

Heritage body Cadw has lodged proposals with Gwynedd Council for new and improved visitor facilities and vertical access to the battlements at Caernarfon Castle costing £3.3 million.

Wales Online

Green light for Swansea 5G masts 

Swansea Council has approved plans for two 5G masts to be installed in the St Thomas and Townhill areas of the city.

Wales Online

Cardiff cancer centre review urged

Doctors have called for an independent review into controversial proposals for a new cancer centre and hospital on a greenfield site at Whitchurch in Cardiff.

Wales Online

Ban new roads, gas plants and incinerators says FoE Cymru

A ban on new roads, gas power plants and incinerators is needed if Wales is to play a leading role in tackling climate change, according to a report from Friends of the Earth Cymru.

BBC News

Criccieth project

An old smithy in Criccieth, Gwynedd, branded a “dilapidated eyesore” could be demolished and replaced with a two-storey property providing a restaurant, bar and live-in studios.

BBC News

Rapid decision for Wrexham greenhouse project ‘unrealistic’

Brighton-based Low Carbon Farming, the developer behind an ambitious £50 million greenhouses project near Wrexham, has been told that its bid for a rapid planning decision is “unrealistic”.

Wales Online

South-east Wales public transport proposals

Proposals for new train services, stations and joined up transport in south-east Wales have been outlined by ministers in response to the South East Wales Transport Commission report proposing measures to relieve traffic congestion around Newport following the axing of the M4 Relief Road project.

Welsh Government