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Wales round-up: Welsh planning services are strained, says auditor’s report; Red light for M4 relief road at Newport

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 1 June-7 June, 2019

Welsh planning services are strained, says auditor’s report

Planning officer capacity in Wales is stretched and skills are decreasing in key areas, according to a report by the country’s independent spending watchdog.

The Planner

Red light for M4 relief road at Newport

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has ruled out construction of a stretch of new M4 motorway around Newport, citing economic and environmental issues.

The Planner

St Asaph care home project

Proposals for a new 198-bedroom care home complex on a vacant site at the St Asaph Business Park have been submitted to Denbighshire County Council.

Insider Media

Cardiff hotel details

More details have been revealed about the conversion of the listed old Post Office and former County Court buildings in Cardiff’s Westgate Street into a new 175-bedroom luxury hotel by the Welsh Rugby Union and property developer Rightacres.

Wales Online

North Wales growth deal top-up call

The North Wales Economic Ambition Board is pushing for a further £40 million investment to add to the £240 million received from Welsh and UK governments last year as part of a growth deal following suspension of work on a new nuclear power plant at Wylfa on Anglesey.

Insider Media

More CPOs urged to spur urban regeneration

The National Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has called on the government to encourage local councils to use compulsory purchase powers to regenerate towns.

Welsh Assembly

Swansea city centre scheme reconfigured

Part of a £120 million scheme to regenerate Swansea city centre is being reconfigured to accommodate a mains sewer along Albert Row, which will mean more housing association flats and a slightly larger multistorey car-park.

Wales Online

Change of use for Cardiff city centre landmark

The owner of Cardiff's famous Howells building, currently home to a House of Fraser outlet, is the subject of a change of use application that will allow other activities on the site including leisure, restaurant and offices.

Wales Online

Funding boost for North Wales tidal power

The tidal energy industry in North Wales has received a major boost following a government investment of £12.6 million of EU funds in Anglesey-based developer Minesto, which is developing underwater kites that generate energy from tidal and ocean currents.

Welsh Government

Rechargeable battery firm eyes up Port Talbot

OXIS Energy, a rechargeable battery manufacturer, has announced plans to develop a plant on the Kenfig Industrial Estate at Port Talbot.

OXIS Energy