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Celebrating Cwmbran

- a Mature Planned Community

Thursday, 05 June 2014 at 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Gwent House, Cwmbran, Torfaen NP44 1PL, UK

As part of the RTPI’s Centenary celebrations we are looking at Britain’s mature planned communities, and particularly the New Towns. Since 1914 there are many examples of new communities being planned from scratch or substantially expanded, putting planning theory into practice. Most have matured and established renewing, sustaining features which can in turn inform the development of future new settlements at a scale that might match UK growth expectations.

As part of the RTPI President’s visit to Wales, RTPI Cymru has teamed up with Torfaen County Borough Council to deliver a day’s seminar to celebrate and learn from Cwmbran, a planned New Town from the 1960s. The event will explore Cwmbran’s history, hear how it was planned, as well as learn about what it was like to be a resident. The day will celebrate the successes as well as explore the issues, before looking to the future of Cwmbran and examining new garden neighbourhoods and masterplanning principles.

Speakers will include the Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council, RTPI President, officers from Torfaen CBC, M&G Real Estate and Cwmbran Shopping, Bron Afon Housing Association, Barton Willmore, as well as a former Member of the Development Corporation.

The day will be completed by a walking tour to Canalside – the next chapter of Cwmbran’s development, as part of the Vibrant and Viable Places programme.

Thanks to generous sponsorship by M&G Real Estate and Barton Willmore, we are able to offer the event for free, but advance booking is essential (if you later find you are unable to attend, please let us know).