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Wales round-up: Swansea targeted for another major student development; Newport steelworks redevelopment takes shape

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 22 May-28 May, 2021

Swansea targeted for another major student development

Crosslane Student Developments has lodged proposals for a 12-storey student accommodation block, which is earmarked for a vacant site next to the BT building in Swansea city centre.

The Planner

Newport steelworks redevelopment takes shape

One of Wales’s largest regeneration schemes is set to climb off the drawing board now contracts have been completed. These will see 528 new homes, 20 per cent of which will be affordable, built on a brownfield site at Newport, formerly the Whiteheads Steelworks at Pillgwenlly. The development, called Royal Victoria Court, will include a neighbourhood centre and a primary school and Tirion, a not-for-profit organisation in partnership with housing developer Lovell with support from the Welsh Government. 

Tirion Homes

Ministers claim Wales can accommodate a Tesla factory

The Welsh Government has insisted that it has a number of sites available to accommodate any plans from entrepreneur Elon Musk to establish the first Tesla factory in the UK.

Wales Online

Capital set to require all new schemes are carbon-neutral

The city council is set to require that all new developments in Cardiff are zero-carbon under proposals for the capital to be carbon-neutral by 2030.

Wales Online

Zip World plots Blaenau Ffestiniog attraction

Zip World has announced proposals for an adventure village located at Llechwedd quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog, where the company already has a zipline and underground trampolines.

Wales Online

Go-ahead for renovation of listed copperworks building in Swansea

Swansea City Council has approved proposals to renovate the grade II-listed Laboratory Building at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site, which could be redeveloped as a restaurant – a move requiring £2.5 million funding.

Insider Media

Boost for Pembrokeshire transport projects

A wide range of transport improvement and active travel projects are to be carried out in Pembrokeshire, thanks to nearly £7 million funding from the Welsh Government. It will be used to improve public transport interchanges in Haverfordwest, Milford Haven and Pembroke Dock, provide electric vehicle charging points, trial electric taxis and develop the county’s network of walking and cycle routes.

Pembrokeshire County Council

Shapps moots tunnel to link Wales with Ireland

In an interview with the Financial Times UK secretary of state for transport Grant Shapps has suggested building a 50-mile tunnel to connect Ireland and Wales which could cost around £15 billion.

Wales Online

Cable manufacturer eyes up Holyhead project but only it has freeport status

Cable manufacturer Tratos UK has signalled interest in locating a factory manufacturing offshore wind power mega-cables at Holyhead but only if the Isle of Anglesey port has freeport status.

Wales Online

Mumbles sea defences consultation

Swansea City Council has launched the next phase in its public consultation on proposals to upgrade the 100-year-old sea defences protecting the Mumbles.

Swansea City Council

Cardiff Wetherspoon proposes roof garden

A Wetherspoon pub in Cardiff city centre has made a planning application to add a roof garden by converting part of the third-floor roof into a garden.

Wales Online

Singer’s off-grid commune makes waves

Singer Charlotte Church has reportedly spent £1.5 million on setting up a “radical” community at a country house with a 47-acre estate, once owned by fashion icon Laura Ashley, in the Elan Valley, Powys.

Wales Online