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28/10/2016

Wales round-up: UK’s biggest ‘box-city’ proposed for Cardiff; Creigiau quarry expansion plan is given go-ahead

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 22 October-28 October, 2016

UK’s biggest ‘box-city’ proposed for Cardiff

Proposals have been unveiled for what would be the UK’s most ambitious shipping container development, a mixed-used scheme earmarked to rejuvenate the Porth Teigr area of Cardiff Bay.

The Planner

Inspectorate helps to fund RTPI bursaries

The Planning Inspectorate has contributed £5,500 to two student bursary schemes the RTPI has set up to help tackle the shortage of planners.

The Planner

Mixed views from the industry as government backs Heathrow expansion 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says a new runway at Heathrow Airport will be ‘devastating’ for air quality across London while businesses have welcomed the government’s decision to support expansion at the airport.

The Planner

Lesson learnt at Habitat III

RTPI chief executive Trudi Elliott reflects on what she learnt from attending Habitat III.

RTPI

Winner of RTPI George Pepler International Award announced

Isobel Bruun-Kiaer, climate change adviser for the Town and Country Planning Association, has been awarded the RTPI George Pepler International Award bursary grant of £2,000 towards a research trip in New Zealand.

RTPI

Nations adopt global strategy on sustainable cities

Nearly 170 countries have unanimously adopted the New Urban Agenda, the United Nations’ 20-year strategy on sustainable urbanisation, at the closing of the Habitat III summit on cities.

Citiscope

Creigiau quarry expansion plan is given go-ahead

Plans to reopen and expand a limestone quarry in Cardiff have been approved by the city council in the face of significant local opposition.

BBC News

£500k Aberystwyth Parc Kronberg skate park funding approved

Funding has been approved for a £500,000 Aberystwyth skate park which developers claimed would be a “first of its kind”.

BBC News

Plans for 61 new council homes in Carmarthenshire

More than 60 new homes in Llwynhendy, Pembrey, Llandybie and Llandovery are to be built in Carmarthenshire as part of an £8.5 million council house building programme.

BBC News

Plans for bird of prey centre given go-ahead

Pembrokeshire Falconry has been granted permission to develop a new bird of prey visitor centre at Grade II listed Picton Castle.

The Milford Mercury

Plans to restrict building of new shared homes in densely populated areas backed

Cardiff City Council is bringing in tighter regulations on shared houses in areas like Roath and Cathays, which are popular with students.

Wales Online

Welsh council in talks to help establish a Wales National Super Prix  

Rob Stewart, leader at the City and County of Swansea Council has revealed the council is keen to support the establishment of a Wales National Super Prix in the city.

Wales Online

Rhyl waterfront plans are ‘important milestone’ for town

New proposals for Rhyl’s seafront, part of a £33 million regeneration scheme, have been submitted to Denbighshire Council.

BBC News

First power reported from Wales’s largest onshore wind farm

The UK’s wind energy industry has received another boost, after developer Vattenfall confirmed that it has started to deliver power from its major new onshore wind farm in Wales.

Business Green

Ynysybwl animal rescue centre forced to close by council

An animal rescue centre in Rhondda Cynon Taff has been forced to close in a row over planning.

BBC News

£3m lottery cash for old school, shed and harbour land

An empty school in Gwynedd, a former railway goods shed in Denbighshire, and harbourside land at Porthcawl are set be transformed with £3 million of lottery grants.

BBC News

New S4C Carmarthen headquarters given go-ahead by council

The new headquarters for Welsh language public television company S4C has been given the go-ahead by Carmarthenshire Council at the University of Wales Trinity St David campus in Carmarthen.

BBC News

£4.7m plan for 41 apartment block in Port Talbot approved

A £4.7 million project to turn a town centre office block into 41 new flats in Port Talbot has been given the green light.

BBC News

Electrification to Swansea not a done deal, says Network Rail chairman 

Electrification to Swansea is not a done deal yet and a funding solution for the redevelopment of Cardiff Station remains to be determined, stressed Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy.

Wales Online

M4 relief road ‘would offer little’ to valleys towns

Major infrastructure projects such as the M4 relief road and Metro offer “little” to communities in the Valleys like Pontypool, according to an in-depth study of the area.

BBC News

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