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Wales round-up: Transport blueprint published for the Welsh capital; Ministers confirm major housing scheme direction

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 11 January-17 January, 2020

Transport blueprint published for the Welsh capital

A £2 billion blueprint designed to transform Cardiff and South East Wales’s transport network has been unveiled by Cardiff City Council.

The Planner

Welsh ministers confirm major housing scheme direction

A direction has come into force that requires local planning authorities in Wales to refer certain applications for major residential development to ministers so they can decide whether to call them in for determination.

The Planner

RTPI and Hong Kong institute strengthen their alliance

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) as the two organisations work to strengthen their relationship.

The Planner

More than 1,000 ancient woods are under threat 

New figures have shown that the number of ancient woods under threat in the UK from built development has risen above 1,000 for the first time.

The Planner

Be a planning radical at The Planner Live

Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for four RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

Boost for homes investment

Investment in new housing in Wales will reach £400 million in 2020-21, owing to a £175 million budget boost from the government, housing minister Julie James has announced. This brings the total invested by the administration in building new homes to £2 billion over this assembly term.

Welsh Government

Go-ahead for new Dyfi Bridge

Ministers have given the go-ahead for a replacement for the Dyfi Bridge, a 200-year-old crossing on the A487, north of Machynlleth, which has repeatedly been damaged by flooding and collisions.

Welsh Government

New Bow Street rail station under way

Transport for Wales has begun work on a new £8 million railway station at Bow Street in Ceredigion. It will include park-and-ride facilities, cycle storage and a multi-modal transport interchange.

Insider Media

Cardiff high school move

A planning application has been lodged with Cardiff City Council for a new Fitzalan High School, a project costing £63.5 million. It involves replacing the existing school with a new-build facility on land next to the Leckwith Stadium in the Canton area of the city.

Insider Media

Swansea Bay city deal funding

The first phase of Swansea Bay City Deal funding – worth £18 million – has been released by the UK and Welsh governments for the investment programme, which covers Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea.

Swansea City Council

Carmarthenshire ice cream project

Frank’s Ice Cream has unveiled proposals to build a production innovation centre at its base on the Capel Hendre Industrial Estate near Ammanford in Carmarthenshire.

Wales Online

Sculptures for Gwent Levels

A series of sculptures highlighting the working history and maritime heritage of the Gwent Levels are to be installed across the area commissioned by the Living Levels Partnership.

BBC News