Monthly Archives: March 2014

Changes to Permitted Development rights (for non-residential uses)

The Welsh Government have amended the General Permitted Development Order  to provide more flexible Permitted Development Rights for industrial and warehouse premises, schools, colleges, universities and hospitals. The amendments also provide new Permitted Development Rights for offices, shops and financial or professional services. The changes will come into force on April

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Plas Llanelly House

The Grade I listed Llanelly House, described in The Buildings of Wales as ‘an extraordinary house’, sits in the centre of modern Llanelli town. Today Llanelly House has no gardens, but the town to the south of the House down

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Planning Policy (slightly) revised

We nearly missed this. An amended version of Planning Policy Wales was issued last month. Dryasdust, of course, but if you’re in the amenity business you need to be aware of it!

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Chartists strike again

The current edition of Celebrating the Chartists brings news of the appointment of a Chartist Commission by Newport Council to promote the city’s Chartist heritage, its luminaries being Dr Rowan Williams, Dame Rosemary Butler and Patrick Drewett.

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Characterisation: exploring place with community groups

Anna Lermon has published an article in Cynllunio, the magazine of RTPI Cymru, on her work with community groups.

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Characterising Newtown

Members of Newtown Civic Society (and a tame conservation officer) caught during characterisation fieldwork in Bryn Street, Penygloddfa, March 7

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Ghost advertising

We photographed this advert last year in the course of a survey of Morriston in Swansea. It’s an evocative example of ‘ghost advertising’, traces of adverts for long lost products that survive on exposed wall faces. In a pure form,

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Options for heritage third sector

Available on Cadw’s web site is the final option report produced following stakeholder consultation last autumn on options for the organisation of the heritage ‘third sector’ in Wales. The report responded to grassroots ambition for a structure that would enable

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Open Doors contacts 2014

We’ve previously blogged this, but just so it gets around, the new e-mail address for Open Doors is opendoors@wales.gsi.gov.uk.  There is now a link to an Open Doors page and forms on their web site: cadw.wales.gov.uk. Personal contacts are: Roger

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Et in arcadia ego

Originally published in About Wales, an affectionate look at arcades, mainly, but not exclusively, in South Wales.

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