Wales round-up: Rights awarded for offshore wind projects; Funding boost for rail projects

Boost for Welsh offshore wind sector The Crown Estate, manager of the seabed around most of the UK coast, has awarded rights for two offshore wind projects in Wales. The Planner

Funding boost for rail projects The redevelopment of Cardiff Central rail station has been boosted now that UK transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed GBP5.8 million towards design work for the upgrade project alongside GBP3m to speed plans to renew signalling on the 241-kilometre Cambrian line from Shrewsbury Sutton Bridge Junction to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli. Wales Online

Flats threat to capital live-music venue Popular Cardiff live-music venue the Flute and Tankard has voiced concern for its future after proposals for new flats close to the venue were submitted to the city council. Wales Online

Margam truck-stop facility A company has submitted plans to Neath Port Talbot Council to convert an existing dwelling and annexe into a 16-bed guest house and truck-stop facility providing space for up to 21 HGVs near Junction 38 of the M4 motorway at Margam. Insider media

Gower chapel conversion Proposals to convert the grade II listed Tirzah Baptist Chapel, in Llanmorlais on the Gower, into a family home have been lodged with Swansea City Council. Wales Online

Newport market makeover Developer Loft Co has lodged its plans for a mixed-use GBP12 million redevelopment of Newport Market with 34 market trader stalls, 16 food court stalls, a tech hub, and 62 flats as well as cafes and restaurants. Wales Online

Cwmbran cycle cafe car parking wrangle The applicant for a cycle cafe at Llantarnam Lakes in Cwmbran, Torfaen, which was rejected because of a lack of car-parking provision, is appealing against the county council’s decision. BBC News

A483 at Wrexham junction consultations Transport minister Ken Skates is urging the public to consider the preferred options for changes to the junction layouts along the A483 through Wrexham. The road is one of the key connecting routes between North and South Wales, and between North Wales and the Midlands.

Welsh Government Gwent Levels solar farm deadline extension The Planning Inspectorate has extended the deadline for submissions about the solar and battery farm project proposed by Wentlooge Farmers’ Solar Scheme Ltd on a site on the Gwent Levels.

The 150-megawatt scheme is to be determined as a development of national significance and the new deadline for comments is this coming Monday, 31 August. Planning Inspectorate Quarterly development management survey published

The government has published the latest development management quarterly survey detailing how long councils have taken to determine planning applications and their workload for the period January to March 2020. Welsh Government CBI warns of city centre ‘ghost towns’

The UK’s city centres could become ‘ghost towns’ if the government does not step up efforts to encourage workers to return to offices, according to the CBI. The Planner Poor transport and internet services ‘damage rural children’s mental health’

A lack of access to public transport and the internet is leaving children in remote rural communities suffering ‘prolonged isolation, exclusion and insecurity’, according to latest research. The Planner Collapse of international tourism wiping GBP22bn off UK economy

The UK economy could lose GBP22 billion from lost international tourism in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Planner Retailers report sharpest fall in jobs since 2009 crash

The continuing crisis facing the UK’s high streets is highlighted by a CBI survey that shows retailers have suffered their worst job cuts since the 2009 financial crash.

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