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Wales round-up: Welsh Government under fire over coastal protection policy; Minister ‘minded to’ allow 336 new Bangor homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 10 June-16 June, 2017

Biomedical research lab wins RTPI award

The Francis Crick Institute has won the RTPI’s Silver Jubilee Cup at the institute’s 2017 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

Welsh Government under fire over coastal protection policy

The Welsh Government has come under fire from a key Senedd committee over lack of leadership on policy coastal flooding policy.

The Planner

Minister ‘minded to’ allow 336 new Bangor homes

Controversial plans to build 366 new homes in Gwynedd could go through after planning minister Lesley Griffiths, who also leads on environment and rural affairs, said she was “minded to" allow the development in Bangor.

BBC News

Zip World plans hotel near Llanrwst

Adventure company Zip World has unveiled proposals to build a 75-room hotel with a giant slide and underground caving on the outskirts Llanrwst.

Wales Online

Welsh Water confirms investments

Welsh Water has confirmed a £350 million capital investment programme for the coming year that includes £21 million for drinking water supply in west Wales and £9 million in water treatment works in the Rhondda Fawr Valley.

Wales Online

Part of Barry funfair might be torn down after planning row

The owner of a Barry Island funfair is facing enforcement action by Vale of Glamorgan Council over the building of an extension at the park without the correct planning permission.

Wales Online

Plans for hotel in the centre of Cardiff revealed

Plans for a 20-storey Premier Inn Hotel, with a bar and restaurant, have been revealed for the centre of Cardiff.

Wales Online

300 student flats proposed for Cardiff site

More than 300 student flats could be created in a new ‘landmark’ development on the site of a Cardiff office building, Suffolk House on Trade Street, if newly submitted plans are approved.

Insider Media

Wholebake £14m factory plan in Corwen given go-ahead

Proposals for a £14 million food manufacturing plant in Corwen, Denbighshire, which will create 120 new jobs, have been approved.

BBC News

25-storey accommodation tower could be built in Cardiff

Plans for a tower have been revealed in the guise of a 25-storey residential development at Crawshay Court, Curran Road, which is currently occupied by two 1980s office blocks.

Wales Online

First Minister opens Eastern Bay link road

A £57 million road linking Cardiff Bay and the east of the city officially has been opened by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Welsh Government

Snowdon safeguarding plan launched

Organisations involved with managing, safeguarding and promoting the Snowdon area of North Wales have started consulting on a draft plan for the mountain and its setting.

Snowdon Partnership

Natural Resources Wales in ‘truly extraordinary’ sale

Natural Resources Wales is in hot water with the Public Accounts Committee of the Welsh Assembly over a contract to sell £39 million of timber to a single sawmill company without a proper business case and probably in breach of EU competition rules.

National Assembly for Wales

‘1,000 jobs will be created’ if the resort goes ahead

Ambitious plans for the proposed Afan Valley adventure resort near Neath Port Talbot could generate 1,000 jobs and bring in 260,000 visitors annually, the developer has claimed.

Wales Online