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Wales round-up: Wind farm plan could pose conflicts of interest; Plans for a 146-room tower block for students in Cardiff approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 12 August-18 August, 2017

Wind farm plan could pose conflicts of interest for ministers and regulator

Welsh ministers and the country’s green regulator Natural Resources Wales could face conflicts of interest now power company Innogy Renewables has been asked to develop plans for an onshore wind farm on land at Alwen Forest, straddling the border between Conwy and Denbighshire.

The Planner

Plans for a 146-room tower block for students in Cardiff approved

Proposals to build 146 new student rooms in a tower block in the capital’s City Road, adjoining the site of the former Gaiety cinema, have been approved by the city council.

Wales Online

Planning consent for mixed-use Porthmadog scheme

Planning permission has been granted to developer Morbaine by Gwynedd Council for a mixed-use development including a hotel, restaurant and retail units at Porthmadog.

Insider Media

Westminster refuses to accept Welsh Government claims it must provide more rail investment

Concern about long-awaited investment in Wales’s rail infrastructure has intensified, with a £1 billion funding row between the UK and Welsh governments escalating tensions.

Wales Online

New future lined up for derelict former pub site

The site of a derelict pub at a prominent location on Fabian Way in Swansea could be regenerated as a 64-bedroom student accommodation project under proposals by Hawkfire Developments.

Insider Media

Parking initiative looks to spark economic boost

A free parking initiative has been launched by Carmarthenshire County Council to boost the economy of the area’s main towns.

Insider Media

Objections to plans to demolish a Cardiff pub and build shops instead

Hundreds of people have signed a petition objecting to plans to build shops at the site of a former Cardiff pub.

Wales Online

New £36m Cardiff high school in Caerau gets go-ahead

Proposals for a new £36 million high school in Cardiff have been backed by councillors. It will be built on the site of Glyn Derw High School, Caerau, and replace that and Michaelston Community College, Ely.

BBC News

More EU investment for growth and jobs in Port Talbot

EU funds of £3.5 million will be invested in the first stage of a major development to create a new business hub in Port Talbot’s former docks, the Welsh Government has announced.

Welsh Government

Porthcawl water sports hub approved by councillors

Plans to build a new water sports centre in Porthcawl have been approved by Bridgend County Borough Council despite concerns that the scheme could spoil the coastline.

BBC News 

Conversion plans for listed former Cardiff railway station approved

Cardiff council planners have given the go-ahead for the refurbishment of the former Bute Street station in Cardiff, which will involve a connected four-storey building providing both retail and commercial floor space.

Wales Online

Scots and Welsh environment ministers meet over Brexit

Scottish and Welsh environment ministers, Roseanna Cunningham and Lesley Griffiths, are to meet to co-ordinate opposition to Brexit legislation.

BBC News