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Wales round-up: Welsh councils improve performance on affordable homes; Homes plan for Swansea City’s former Vetch Field

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of news in Wales: 29 August-4 September, 2015

New data shows Welsh councils performing better on affordable homes

The latest data collected on local authority performance shows that councils in Wales are continuing to increase the provision of affordable housing.

The Planner

Wales has highest empty shops rate in the UK, figures show

Wales has the highest rate of empty shops in the UK, standing at 15 per cent compared to an average of 11.7 per cent. Figures released by the Local Data Company show the rate for Wales has increased by 0.1 per cent from 2014.

BBC News

Hopes fading for seaside town's Art Deco cinema as demolition plans are backed

The future of the Art Deco Coliseum Cinema in Porthmadog looks bleak after planning officers said the application to demolish it should be approved.

Wales Online

Plans for ex-Mid Wales Hospital, Talgarth, to be unveiled

Redevelopment plans for the ex-Mid Wales Hospital at Talgarth are back on the agenda, after proposals to demolish the building and replace it with 100 homes and a care home were thrown out three years ago.

BBC News

Homes plan for Swansea City’s former Vetch Field

Plans for up to 30 one-bedroom sheltered housing flats have been drawn up for Swansea City FC’s former Vetch Field home.

BBC News

Strong rise in new office take-up deals in Cardiff shows new research from Knight Frank

The Cardiff office market bounced back strongly in the second quarter of the year following a disappointing start to 2015, according to research released by property consultancy Knight Frank.

Wales Online

Consultation on city centre public space protection order

Newport City Council is to consult the public on a new city centre public space protection order aimed at improving people’s city centre experience by tackling behaviour that undermines it.

Newport City Council