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Wales round-up: Welsh Budget proposes boost for green funding; No U-turn on M4 relief road

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 14 December-20 December 2019

Welsh Budget proposes boost for green funding

A key element of Wales’s draft budget for 2020/21, announced this week, is more than £140 million capital funding to support the government’s decarbonisation and environmental agenda.

The Planner

Queen’s Speech: RTPI disappointed by lack of detail on housing and planning

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has said she is disappointed at the lack of detail on housing delivery and the planning system in the Queen’s Speech.

The Planner

Swansea demo decision made

A first-floor extension at a house in Swansea will have to be removed because it doesn't have planning permission and restricts the outlook for neighbours, a planning inspector has said.

BBC News

No U-turn on M4 relief road

First Minister Mark Drakeford has insisted there is no way back for an M4 Relief Road in South Wales, regardless of any financial support offered by Boris Johnson’s new UK Government.

Wales Online

New Welsh secretary named

Simon Hart has been named as the new secretary of state for Wales as part of Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle. Hart succeeds Alun Cairns, who resigned at the start of the election campaign.

Insider Media

Cardiff Bay arena move

Ambitious plans for a new 15,000 capacity arena in Cardiff Bay have moved another step forward as cabinet members authorised the city council to buy the Red Dragon Centre leisure complex, which has been earmarked for the arena project.

Wales Online

Swansea hotel revamp

One of Swansea’s oldest hotels is in line for a substantial revamp with proposals for extensions, more rooms and a rooftop bar to be added to the existing Grand Hotel in Ivey Place, High Street, opposite the railway station.

Wales Online

Historic Cardiff building development

Bristol-based property developer Cubex has confirmed its interest in acquiring the historic Howells building in the centre of Cardiff for a potential mixed-use development.

Wales Online

Zip wire approved

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has approved proposals for a Zip World attraction in the South Wales Valleys at the site of the former Tower Colliery in Rhigos.

Wales Online

Application submitted for Milford Waterfront

Planning applications for a 100-bed hotel as well as a multi-use conference and events venue have been submitted as part of the Milford Waterfront development.

Wales Online