New charter will put places at heart of planning
A new charter that puts quality, sustainability and community at the heart of planning was yesterday launched by the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James.
Developed in conjunction with the Design Commission for Wales, the Placemaking W
ales Partnership brings together more than 25 organisations, who, by signing the Placemaking Wales Charter pledge to:
- Involve the local community in the development of proposals
- Choose sustainable locations for new development
- Prioritise walking, cycling and public transport
- Create well defined, safe and welcoming streets and public spaces
- Promote a sustainable mix of uses to make places vibrant
- Value and respect the positive distinctive qualities and identity of existing places.
The charter is supported by a short guide to placemaking which covers these key aspects and includes case studies highlighting good practice.
Launching the charter at the Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru 2020 – Digital Conference: “Welsh Planner Live”, the Minister yesterday said:
Lockdown has made us appreciate our local ‘places’ more so than ever before and it’s vital, therefore, that all of us who work in the built environment sector strive to make the places where we live, work, shop or meet with others as good as they can be, for every member of society.
We need to get our economy back on its feet. However, we need an environmental, social, cultural and economic recovery which is sustainable. Now, more than ever, we need to think about places and placemaking.
We must ensure that a post Covid world has people’s well-being at its heart. But we can’t do this alone. The development industry, local planning authorities, public bodies, the third sector and the Welsh Government, need to work together and it is in this spirit that I am delighted to launch the Placemaking Wales Charter.
Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales, Carole-Anne Davies yesterday said:
Our vision is that Wales is simply a better place. Good design makes everything better which is why the launch of the Placemaking Wales Charter is such an important milestone as we commit to developing people focussed, active and distinctive places. Long-term, this will ensure the delivery of inclusive, socially connected and vibrant communities throughout Wales.
Latest News from
£1 million fund for carers to mark launch of public consultation20/10/2020 14:05:00
A new fund of over £1m to help Wales’ unpaid carers cope with the financial pressures of COVID-19 has been announced today [Tuesday 20] by the Deputy Health Minister.
National coronavirus fire-break to be introduced in Wales on Friday20/10/2020 09:05:00
A short, sharp “fire-break” will be introduced across Wales at the end of this week to help regain control of coronavirus, First Minister Mark Drakeford yesterday announced.
Welsh Government’s ‘Summer Sorted’ programme helping young people reach their potential19/10/2020 14:05:00
The Welsh Government’s ‘Summer Sorted’ programme has this year helped hundreds of young people across Wales reach their potential and improve their employability and essential skills, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has said.
Wales introduces travel restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus19/10/2020 09:05:00
New regulations to prevent people who live in areas with high coronavirus infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales came into force on friday (16 October 2020), First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed.
Changes to planning rules to help unlock development potential in Wales16/10/2020 14:05:00
Changes to the planning policy to allow Welsh councils to compulsory purchase empty houses and vacant land have been announced by the Minister for Housing and Local Government.
Independent report provides in-depth analysis of the school funding system in Wales and makes recommendations for improvements16/10/2020 11:05:00
The Welsh Government yesterday (Thursday, October 15) published an independent report into school spending in Wales.
New funding for facilities will boost community wellbeing16/10/2020 09:05:00
The Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt, yesterday announced Welsh Government funding of £900k for improvements to community-based facilities through the Community Facilities Programme.
Work under way on £30m A55 improvement scheme15/10/2020 15:43:00
Work on a major scheme to further protect the A55 against flooding and improve safety is under way, Minister for Transport and North Wales Ken Skates announced today.
Wales to introduce travel restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus15/10/2020 14:05:00
The Welsh Government is preparing urgent action to prevent people who live in areas with high coronavirus infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford yesterday confirmed.
Marcus Rashford MBE backs Welsh Government decision to ensure free school meal provisions for every school holiday until Easter 202115/10/2020 12:33:00
The Welsh Government has guaranteed free school meal provision for all school holidays up to and including Easter 2021, thanks to £11m confirmed today by Education Minister Kirsty Williams.