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Wales round-up: Welsh Budget backs affordable homes push; Bluestone unveils plans for huge new indoor ‘sky dome’

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news: 30 September-6 October, 2017

Welsh Budget backs affordable homes push

Finance secretary Mark Drakeford has unveiled a draft budget for Wales covering the period 2018-19, which confirms the release of £340 million to support the building of 20,000 affordable homes.

The Planner

2018 RTPI vice-president announced

The RTPI has announced that Ian Tant MRTPI has been elected as the institute’s 2018 vice-president.

The Planner

Bluestone unveils plans for huge new indoor ‘sky dome’

Bluestone has unveiled plans for a £7 million SkyDome project at its Pembrokeshire resort which, if approved, will see a transparent canopy arched over a massive 7,000 square metre area encompassing cafés, shops, activities and a 600-seat amphitheatre.

Wales Online

Wales’s largest wind farm opened

Wales’s largest onshore wind farm, which can generate enough electricity for nearly one in six Welsh homes, has been opened between Neath and Aberdare.  

Wales Online

Margaret Conway wins UK-wide construction award

The woman who took charge of building Belfast City Council's new headquarters has won a prestigious UK-wide award for her role in the construction project.

BBC News

First phase of 1,500 job automotive business park approved

The first phase of a new £100 million automotive-focused business park in Ebbw Vale has been given the go-ahead by the Welsh Government.

Wales Online

Shipping containers will transform disused industrial space

A second development involving industrial space created by shipping containers has been unveiled for the capital.

Wales Online

Planners refuse a huge poultry unit near Llangadog

Plans for a barn housing up to 32,000 free-range hens near Llangadog have been rejected by Carmarthenshire Council against the advice of officials.

BBC News

Campaign group opposed to Premier Inn plans

Proposals by hotel chain Premier Inn to build a 63-room, three-storey hotel within a mile of St David’s Cathedral as part of wider proposals to develop land on the way into Wales’s smallest city are facing opposition from residents.

Wales Online

Plans for new museum for Cardiff submitted

Detailed plans for a huge new museum in Cardiff dedicated to military medical history have been formally submitted.

Wales Online

Womanby Street campaign success as flats plan withdrawn

Plans to build flats next to a live music venue on Womanby Street in Cardiff have been withdrawn after objections.

BBC News

Swansea submits the culture bid

Swansea has submitted its bid to be named as the UK City of Culture 2021 to judges.

Insider Media

‘Concerns’ raised over Swansea city deal progress

Neath Port Talbot Council, a Swansea Bay city deal partner, has raised concerns over how the £1.3 billion scheme designed to help businesses in the area thrive is progressing and the ‘substantial’ risks involved.

BBC News

Dairy farmers win milk parlour battle

Two dairy farmers have won a battle to keep a milking parlour after Isle of Anglesey County Council was told it had acted ‘unreasonably’ in rejecting a retrospective planning application officials had recommended should get the green light.

BBC News

Assembly to consider low-carbon housing progress

A Welsh Assembly committee is examining the Welsh Government’s progress on low-carbon housing and whether a failure to build more energy-efficient homes would result in missing important emissions reduction targets.

National Assembly for Wales

Pipehouse Wharf sold

Up to 150 new homes could soon boost ongoing regeneration of Swansea's River Tawe corridor now that Swansea City Council has started detailed discussions with Coastal Housing Group after agreeing to conditionally sell its Pipehouse Wharf depot to them.

City and County of Swansea Council

Plan to help improve mobile connectivity in Wales

A government action plan designed to encourage further investment in mobile phone infrastructure and to promote innovation in mobile technologies has highlighted planning and permitted development rights.

Welsh Government

Circuit of Wales could have created 3,300 jobs, say consultants

Up to 3,300 jobs could have been created by a £433 million motor-racing track, hotel and business park in Blaenau Gwent if the cancelled Circuit of Wales project had gone ahead as planned, claims a leaked consultants report.

BBC News

New Cardiff arena sites identified for £110m project

Potential locations have been identified for Cardiff's proposed new £110 million arena in Dumballs Road and at the sites of Cardiff Prison and County Hall, a city council meeting heard this week.

BBC News

Aldi plans to open a new store in the Valleys

Supermarket chain Aldi has revealed plans for a store of 1,785 square metres on the site of a former Remploy factory at Porth in the Valleys.

Wales Online