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The Demise of the Traditional Market Town

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Heritage-led or Supermarket-led Regeneration? Guest article by Edward Holland (  Abergavenny Cattle Market before and after demolition © author Historically, settlements evolved around a fortification or a place of worship.  The larger settlements then became market places where local people could trade and many became the focus for a network of communities.  From medieval times […]

Proposed changes to Planning Policy Wales Chapter 10 and Technical Advice Note 4: Retail Centre Development

WG Retail updates

Information from the Welsh Government: “PPW promotes established retail centres as the most appropriate locations for retailing and other complementary functions. The aim of the review is to update PPW Chapter 10 and TAN4 so that it is in line with a Welsh Government objective to enhance the vitality, attractiveness and viability of established centres. […]

Welsh Government Planning Consultations

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There are currently three planning consultations out. The middle consultation on the list below may be of particular interest to civic societies as it includes changes to Design and Access Statements. 1 Secondary legislation for development management A number of the proposals directly relate to the new development management provisions in the Bill, whereas other […]

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. This article was first published on The Civic Trust for Wales website in 2014.

Characterisation: exploring place with community groups

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The Civic Trust’s work on characterisation continues….(This article was first published on The Civic Trust for Wales website in 2014)

Planning Bill consultation (article first published July 9 2014)

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In 2014 The Welsh Government consulted on its Planning Bill. This article was first published on The Civic Trust for Wales website on July 9th 2014.

Bil yr Amgylchedd Hanesyddol (Cymru)

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Bil newydd i warchod ein hanes ar gyfer ein dyfodol   Press release from the Welsh Government Mae treftadaeth Cymru yn werthfawr iawn a dylai gael ei gwarchod, ei diogelu a’i rheoli er budd cenedlaethau’r dyfodol – dyna’r weledigaeth sy’n gefndir i’r ddeddfwriaeth gyntaf i Gymru-yn-unig ar gyfer diogelu a gwarchod ein hamgylchedd hanesyddol unigryw. […]

Historic Environment (Wales) Bill

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New Bill to protect our past for Wales of tomorrow introduced Press release from the Welsh Government   Wales’ heritage is precious, and should be protected and managed for future generations.   That vision has shaped the first Wales-only legislation for the care and protection of our distinct historic environment, which will be introduced into […]

Cardiff Civic Society asks Minister to Call-in Cardiff Central Square planning application


Today’s South Wales Echo gives substantial media coverage to the Cardiff Civic Society following its letter to the Minister for Planning and Regeneration, Carl Sergeant  asking him to call in a planning application for Cardiff’s central square. The chair of the Society, Nerys Lloyd-Pierce asked the minister to call in the application for determination  for five reasons: […]

Tree Cover in Wales’ Towns and Cities


The below article is reproduced with the kind permission of its author Heather Williams. It was first published in the March 2015 edition of Ruthin Town and Around.   Trees are powerful and versatile natural assets which have many different benefits. They help to create attractive towns, improve health and well-being, connect people with nature, […]