Wrexham awards scheme

Go to our network page for a new case study in our series on civic societies. In the latest entry we look at the Wrexham society’s successful award scheme. Advertisements

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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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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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