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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

Posted in conservation, heritage, magazine, news, uncategorized

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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Goodbye (from us) to Open Doors

Many of those involved in the annual O­­pen Doors/European Heritage Days programme have been contacting us with enquiries about this year’s  programme, usually launched on 1st March each year. The Civic Trust for Wales has organised Open Doors since it began

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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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Rebuilding a civic society

Anna Lermon explains how the Abergavenny Civic Society transformed itself into an effective organisation with a diverse range of activities Link

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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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