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Wales round-up: Uncertainty clouds key Swansea City Deal project; North Wales growth deal funding

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 8 December-14 December, 2018

Uncertainty clouds key Swansea City Deal project

AMs learnt this week that the independent review of the Swansea Bay City Deal, announced last week by the Welsh and UK governments, is expected to be completed by early in the new year.

The Planner

North Wales growth deal funding

The Welsh government has confirmed that it will match the UK government’s promised £120 million financial contribution to the North Wales Growth Deal, but has urged Westminster to go further and meet the deal’s original aspirations.

Welsh Government

Anglesey nuclear plant fears

Media reports from Japan have speculated that Hitachi is considering scrapping its £12 billion Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant plans, although some commentators suggest that this may be a bargaining ploy in the company’s discussions with the UK government over the Anglesey project.

BBC News

Public transport white paper published

Transport secretary Ken Skates has launched a white paper proposing changes to the legislation that governs how bus services are planned and delivered, together with reform of the taxi and private hire vehicle licensing regime.

Welsh Government

Pen-y-Bryn adventure park proposals

Revised proposals have surfaced for a £130 million adventure park at Pen-y-Bryn near Port Talbot, offering activities ranging from zip wires and paintballing to aqua-caving and white water rafting along with a Bear Grylls Survival Academy, 600 holiday lodges and a hotel.

BBC News

New coal and petroleum direction regime

Planning applications for the development of coal and petroleum must now be referred to Welsh ministers where local planning authorities are minded to approve them in a move which means that previous directions relating to unconventional oil and gas and underground coal gasification are cancelled.

Welsh Government

Aberystwyth Old College revamp mooted

Proposals for a £26 million revamp of Aberystwyth’s Old College has been unveiled, which would see the seafront Grade I-listed building turned into a museum about the first university as well as art spaces, a science and discovery centre and four-star holiday accommodation.

BBC News

Aberavon seafront homes blow

Hale Homes, the developer lined up to build 150 seaside homes as part of a multimillion-pound development on Aberavon's seafront, has pulled out of the project.

Wales Online

House conditions on the up

Housing conditions including energy efficiency in Wales have improved across all tenures over the past decade, a new survey has revealed.

Welsh Government