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Book Review: Homes for Welsh Workers by Stephen Kay

Review essay by Matthew Griffiths Stephen Kay, Homes for Welsh workers: from Robert Owen to the Garden City movement, with a gazetteer of planned communities in Wales, 1800 to 1939. Foreword by Jan Morris. 325 Press, Abergavenny. Paperback 2014: £10

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Save the Coal Exchange: A public meeting to discuss practical solutions

An invitation from Cardiff Civic Society and Stephen Doughty MP

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The Heritage Bill — Update on progress

In June John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, released a written statement providing an update on the progress of the Heritage Bill. Following the consultations a number of changes are being introduced. The Bill is also to be accompanied

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Planning for Sustainable Building

The Minister for Housing and Regeneration has announced amendments to the national Planning for Sustainable Buildings policy contained in Planning Policy Wales (PPW) and the cancellation of Technical Advice Note (TAN) 22. For more information on the changes please refer

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Next Cadw CEO appointed

Last Thursday the Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths, announced the next head of Cadw to be Kate Clark. She will take over from Marilyn Lewis who retires this summer. “Through Cadw, the Welsh Government has a dynamic vision

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Save Llandaff meadow!

The Llandaff Society is campaigning to protect a wild meadow from development by Cardiff Metropolitan University

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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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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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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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