A new charter that puts quality, sustainability and community at the heart of planning was launched on 23 September by the Minister for Housing and Local Government for Wales, Julie James.
Developed in conjunction with the Design Commission for Wales, the Placemaking Wales 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 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 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.”