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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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Save Llandaff Meadow

In April we wrote about the Llandaff Society and the wider community’s campaign to Save Llandaff Meadows. Llandaff Meadows lies between Llandaff Cathedral and the river. Cardiff Metropolitan University is seeking to drain and level it for a football pitch.

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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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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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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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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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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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Characterisation, Conservation and Urban Design in Wales

The RTPI is holding a conference on the above topics in Cardiff on March 25th. Chaired by Prof John Punter the afternoon session focuses on conservation and urban design practice. Contributors will be Steve Smith (Swansea), Claire Hamm (Bridgend), Niall

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Planning Bill consultation

PLANNING BILL The Welsh Government is consulting on its Planning Bill, which, amongst other initiatives, will reform the development plan system and promote greater joint working amongst planning authorities. ‘Place Plans’ are proposed to enable greater community engagement in local

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