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Wales round-up: Welsh economic strategy stresses importance of planning; Resolving Welsh broadband and mobile ‘notspots’ needs innovative solutions

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 16 September-22 September, 2017

Welsh economic strategy stresses importance of planning

The Welsh Government has published a new economic and growth blueprint that stresses the importance of planning.

The Planner

Increase in construction projects in August – statistics

The value of contracts awarded in the construction industry in August reached £5.8 billion, based on a three-month rolling average, a 7 per cent increase on the month.

The Planner

Scottish and Welsh governments set out Brexit bill amendments

The Scottish and Welsh governments have published proposals for changing the legislation that will take the UK out of the EU.

BBC News

Resolving Welsh broadband and mobile ‘notspots’ needs innovative solutions

The Welsh Government should consider reforming the planning system to ensure that future public subsidies for landowners such as farmers are conditional on them allowing mobile phone masts on their land, a National Assembly Committee has recommended in a report.

National Assembly for Wales

£1bn Swansea metro plan proposed to ‘transform’ region

Train journey times between Swansea and Cardiff could fall to 30 minutes if the main line was rerouted and a rail-based Metro system developed around Swansea, a transport expert has said.

BBC News

Port Talbot prison should be moved to Swansea, says MP

The site of an old tinplate works in Swansea should be used for a prison instead of an industrial park in Neath Port Talbot, a Welsh Labour MP has proposed.

BBC News

Drive to limit student homes in Swansea starts this month

Work is set to begin shortly on supplementary planning guidance designed to give Swansea City Council extra powers to limit the number and density of houses in multiple occupation, typically used by students, which pose problems for existing communities.

Wales Online

Extra £30m to support SME construction companies

Cabinet secretary for communities Carl Sargeant has announced an additional £30 million for the Wales Property Development fund, which should help more local companies build new homes.

Welsh Government

Too much power centralised in Cardiff, says Alun Cairns

More powers should be handed to Welsh regions rather than ministers controlling everything from Cardiff, the UK Government’s Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has argued.

BBC News

Hotel plans submitted for North Wales town

Plans for a new 80-bedroom £4 million Premier Inn in Holyhead have been submitted to Anglesey council planners.

Daily Post

Plans lodged to redevelop former Pure Wafer factory

Plans have been lodged to bring the former Pure Wafer factory on the Swansea Vale Business Park, closed after fire damage in 2014, back into use as a major facility for energy company Western Power Distribution.

Insider Media

Plans for Anglesey traveller sites to be submitted

Anglesey council officers have been asked to submit planning applications for the island's first-ever gypsy and traveller sites.

BBC News

Wrexham Local Development Plan seven months behind schedule

A revised timetable for the preparation of Wrexham’s latest local development plan has been approved, which suggests the blueprint is unlikely to be approved after examination by a planning inspector until the spring of 2019.


Plans for new shops in a Cardiff suburb rejected

Plans for new shops to be built in a Cardiff suburb involving the demolition of a former pub called The Caerau have been rejected by Cardiff City councillors against the advice of officers.

Wales Online

Plans for a glass box for top of Cardiff’s Coal Exchange

Developers have applied to build what looks like a glass box on top of Cardiff’s famous Coal Exchange building, which reopened in May as a hotel.

Wales Online