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Grand design?

‘There is no reason why a simple, secure building has to be so ignorant either of its context or its impact on its surroundings.’

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International Women’s Day 2015 – How women are leading planning delivery

Tuesday 10 March, Norwegian Church, Cardiff The 2015 theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Making it Happen’ and RTPI Cymru and the Design Commission for Wales will be marking this by discussing at an event in Cardiff Bay how women

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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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Posted in conservation, heritage, information, magazine

NAW Environment and Sustainability Committee: Planning (Wales) Bill

The Planning (Wales) Bill has been introduced (see our brief update here). The National Assembly for Wales Environment and Sustainility Committee has launched a consultation on the general principles of the Bill, which will close on 7 November. For more

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WG review of policy on town centre retail

In May 2014 the Welsh Government published research into ‘Town Centres and Retail Dynamics – Towards a Revised Retail Planning Policy for Wales‘. One of the findings was the need for improved clarity in retail planning guidance. On October 14th,

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‘Make no little plans’: planning in Wales 1945-1996

The next installment of the history of planning in Wales is by Neil Harris who discusses the post-1947 period up to the start of devolution of planning to Wales. This article was, written for, and first published in the Royal

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WG planning consultations

A number of new planning consultations have been published by the Welsh Government. * Consultation on Design in the Planning Process – Closes 16 January 2015 * Frontloading the development management system – Closes 16 January 2015 * Planning committees,

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Wales Planning Bill published

Yesterday the Welsh Government published the Planning (Wales) Bill. According to the Welsh Government the Bill will: “enable communities across Wales to benefit from a streamlined system which will support the delivery of the homes, jobs and infrastructure that Wales

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Planning law in Wales to be reviewed by The Law Commission

The Law Commission, independent law reform adviser to the government, has announced a review of Welsh planning law. Planning law in England and Wales is complicated and difficult to understand. It is still rooted in 1940s legislation and has developed

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For ‘Planning’ Read Housing – Town (and country) planning in Wales between 1909 and 1947

Clive James, in the second article from the RTPI Cymru’s Centenary History of Wales series, discusses the pre-1947 position of planning in Wales. This article was,written for, and first published in the Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru’s newsletter Cynllunio in Spring 2014.  

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