IHBC welcomes RTPI's public vote on the 10 best places in Wales
On 5 August 2016, IHBC Wales Branch Chair Rory Wilson welcomed RTPI Cymru’s announcement that public nominations for the best places in Wales included the first place in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and stunning landscapes.
Wilson said, ‘‘Public consciousness of great places is analogous with interest in our historic towns. IHBC (Wales) welcomes this initiative which should encourage interest and care of historic buildings and structures, and their context."
RTPI Cymru wrote:
Wales’ Best Places is a competition run by the RTPI Cymru, to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for Welsh communities.
The finalists are:
- Aberaeron, Ceredigion
- Caernarfon, Gwynedd
- Cardiff Bay Inner Harbour, Cardiff
- Denbigh, Denbighshire
- Gower, Swansea
- The Hayes, Cardiff
- Llandudno Promenade and Mostyn Street, Conwy County Borough
- Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre, Merthyr Tydfil
- Snowdonia, Conwy and Gwynedd
- Tenby, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Peter Lloyd, Chair of RTPI Cymru said: ‘The competition has reminded us of the passion we have for places we love. The finalists, places clearly loved by the public, have been protected, carefully planned or improved by the planning system. I encourage everyone to get behind their favourite place to ensure it wins!’
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