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Exploring Abergavenny – a personal view

 In 2011, well into retirement, I heard that the Abergavenny Civic Society was being revitalised by community-minded volunteers like Sue and Tony Konieczny and Alan Michie, and I felt that I might help.  It was apparent that we newcomers did

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Wales Planning Award 2014: CTW ‘Commended’ for ‘Exploring your Town’

      (Anna Lermon from Civic Trust third from left) The Civic Trust for Wales’s ‘Exploring your town’ manual and toolkit was a finalist in this years RTPI Cymru ‘Wales Planning Award‘. At the Awards ceremony on Friday, the

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Wales Coast Path: Sully to Penarth

Lindsay Cuddy explores the Wales Coast Path between Sully and Penarth

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Exploring Abergavenny with the Newtown Civic Society

On Saturday July 12th Newtown Civic Society visiting Abergavenny and met some of Explore Abergavenny (characterisation) group of the Abergavenny Civic Society. The group were welcomed to Abergavenny by Abergavenny’s Town Mayor Councillor Martin Hickman and his wife Mrs Alison

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Characterisation, community engagement and place-making

This is the revised text of a presentation given to an RTPI Urban Design and Conservation regional seminar hosted by Cardiff University’s School of Planning and Geography Innovation and Engagement unit on 25 March 2014. It followed a talk by Judith Alfrey, head of conservation and policy at Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh Government.

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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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Nairn’s vision

Ian Nairn died in 1983, but for twenty years he was a blunt critic of the tawdriness of post-war development in British towns and cities. He criticised the emergence of ‘subtopia’ — the blurring of town and country, and the way towns were coming to seem drearily alike.

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Charlotte Square

Rhiwbina and District Civic Society is producing a character study of this large Cardiff suburb. This report on Charlotte Square illustrates the approach they have taken to the project.

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Sense of place: Victorian Penarth

The Trust moved its offices to Penarth last summer. What a change from central Cardiff! Nowadays, Penarth is virtually a commuter suburb, but it retains a very distinctive sense of place that was shaped in later Victorian and Edwardian times. It’s been fun — even in a miserably wet winter — exploring its streets and discovering some of the features that make this town special.

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