The Bay of Colwyn Place Plan is here!

After many months of work by the Steering Group, stakeholders and members of the community – we are proud to announce that the Colwyn Place Plan has now been launched and was formally adopted by the Bay of Colwyn Town Council on the 22nd January 2024.

And to celebrate…..we had a launch event at INK Gallery and Lounge:

It was a wonderful way to thank everyone who has given their time over the last couple of years and to look forward to the projects we want to focus on in the future. It was a cold and blustery day – but the community of Colwyn came out in force, and it was great to see so many people attend.  Thank you!

‘An excellent piece of work which will give impetus and direction to the town for a good number of years. I was delighted it was unanimously approved by the town council.’ Arthur –Attendee at the launch at INK gallery

To watch a short film about the launch click here>>

You can read the Place Plan here>>

And you can watch the documentary here>>

If you wish to get involved, please get in touch [email protected] or ring the Bay of Colwyn Town Council on 01492 532248.

National Trust Training

NATIONAL TRUST TRAINING – July 2020

Planning Aid Wales provided training on the planning system in Wales for members if the National Trust Planning Team. The training aimed to provide staff with

  • An overview of planning law and policy and the basic structure of the system in Wales.
  • Explanation of the purpose of planning in Wales, the Welsh Government’s priorities and expectations.
  • Understanding of the Development Plan and Development Management process including permitted development rights planning appeals, planning obligations and enforcement.
  • Explanation Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and Developments of National Significance in Wales.
  • Knowledge of heritage policy in Wales.
  • Awareness of emerging planning regulations and policy.

Place Plan Kickstarters – Conwy 2022

Elected Member Training 2022

MONMOUTHSHITE COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTED MEMBERS TRAINING – June 2022

Planning Aid Wales provided town planning training for newly elected members of the Council. The training aimed to provide councillors with an

  • Overview of planning law and policy and the basic structure of the system in Wales, including the purpose of planning and the Welsh Government’s priorities and expectations.
  • Understanding of the Development Management process including enforcement, planning appeals and planning obligations.
  • Explanation of the role of councillors in the process and basis for decision making.

 

 

BRIDGEND COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL ELECTED MEMBERS TRAINING – May and June 2022

Planning Aid Wales provided town planning training for newly elected members of the Council. Two sessions were organised and the training aimed to provide councillors with an

  • Overview of planning law and policy and the basic structure of the system in Wales, including the purpose of planning and the Welsh Government’s priorities and expectations.
  • Understanding of the Development Management process including enforcement, planning appeals and planning obligations.
  • Awareness of the role of Place Plans.
  • Explanation of the role of councillors in the process and basis for decision making.

 

NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL MEMBER TRAINING May 2022

Planning Aid Wales provided town planning training for newly elected members of the Council. The training aimed to provide councillors with an

  • Overview of planning law and policy and the basic structure of the system in Wales, including the purpose of planning and the Welsh Government’s priorities and expectations.
  • Understanding of the Development Management process including enforcement, planning appeals and planning obligations. In particular discussions were given to HMO developments and parking requirements.
  • Explanation of the role of councillors in the process and basis for decision making.

Bay of Colwyn Place Plan 2022

BAY OF COLWYN PLACE PLAN – July 2022

Planning Aid Wales has completed community engagement in the Bay of Colwyn as part of its role in developing the Colwyn Place Plan.  This included running a workshop and art competition with local school children from around the Colwyn Bay Area; facilitating a series of online events and activities, including, an online survey, Placecheck map and, online focus groups, and hosting drop-in sessions.

Newport rLDP Engagement 2022

NEWPORT LDP ENGAGEMENT – January to March 2022

Planning Aid Wales has been commissioned by Newport City Council (NCC) to support the engagement activity in relation to the Newport CC Replacement LDP. The first stage Vision, Issues and Objectives was carried out in early 2022.

Planning Aid Wales delivered 10 community and stakeholder engagement events in accordance with NCC’s LDP Delivery Agreement. The events were targeted at stakeholders and communities operating within the Newport City Council area. Due to Covid-19 regulations and uncertainties surrounding this issues a mixture of online and face to face events were carried out.

Our role was to provide an analysis and understanding of the Vision, Issues and Objectives.  We attended and led all events as facilitators for discussions and to encourage understanding of the LDP process and the VIO consultation. The broad purpose of the events was to raise awareness and encourage responses to the VIO consultation by the March deadline.

Planning Aid Wales prepared a report on the issues and comments raised by attendees at each event and submitted to the Council as part of their consultation process.

Chepstow Place Plan 2021

CHEPSTOW PLACE PLAN – March to December 2021

Chepstow Town Council is currently preparing a Place Plan in partnership with Planning Aid Wales,  that will inform and shape the future development of the town.  The Place Plan will contribute to shaping and informing future developments and projects in Chepstow that reflect the needs and aspirations of the community. Planning Aid Wales were involved in preparing and running a series of community engagement events both online and face-to face during 2021.

The summary reports can be found via the project website www.futurechepstow.co.uk

Carmarthenshire Green Infrastructure Engagement 2021

LUC (Land Use Consultants) COMMISSION – Sept 2021

During September 2021, Planning Aid Wales assisted LUC who were working together with Carmarthenshire County Council to deliver a Strategy which set out how Green and Blue Infrastructure will be enhanced in 8 ‘focus towns’ in the County.  Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) is the network of natural and semi-natural spaces and corridors that lies in between our cities, towns and villages, and threads through them.

Planning Aid Wales assisted with the consultation content review, stakeholder list preparation and circulation

The 8 Focus towns are:

  • Llanelli
  • Carmarthen
  • Ammanford / Cross Hands
  • Cwmamman
  • Kidwelly
  • St Clears
  • Llandovery
  • Newcastle Emlyn

You can read the existing Green Infrastructure Assessment drafted for Carmarthenshire in 2020 to see what this Strategy is building upon.

Snowdonia NPA Member Training 2021

ERYRI PLACE PLAN TRAINING – July 2021

Planning Aid Wales provided training aimed at highlighting the differences between the DCFW Placemaking Charter work and Place Plans for Eryri National Park Planning Authority.  The training provided an overview of what Place Plans are and the resources involved for the Authority and the role the Authority can play and, in addition to how Place Plans can fit within a National Park context.

 

The Value of Engagement in Planning 2021

VALUE OF ENGAGEMENT IN PLANNING – July 2021

Planning Aid Wales launched a new research report that set out to explore and demonstrate the value of engagement in the working of planning in Wales, with the goal of proposing a path to embedding best-practice engagement in the Welsh planning system.

The report is a culmination of hundreds of hours of volunteer work and the insights input of over 100 stakeholders representing planning authorities, the private sector and communities in Wales.

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