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President praises ‘planners at heart of regeneration’ in Wales

14 June 2017

Stephen Wilkinson, President of the RTPI has praised planners in Merthyr Tydfil after visiting the town centre on his recent visit to Wales.

Stephen saw the River Taff Central Link and Penderyn Square which has recently been regenerated, part of a wider plan for Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre. He was impressed with the square and the wider economic impact the rejuvenation of the city centre was having.

Stephen said:

“The council has been working hard to improve Merthyr’s image and the regeneration of the town centre has helped to attract further investment in the area.

“The council’s planners have been at the heart of this transformation, ensuring the community have been involved every step of the way.

“The work here serves as an exemplar for the rest of the UK of how good planning can revive public spaces.”

In 2016, Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre was voted one of Wales’ 10 best places in RTPI Cymru’s Wales’ Best Places competition. In 2015, the River Taff Central Link and Penderyn Square regeneration won in the category for Excellence in Planning for the Public Realm at the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence

President Wales Visit

Merthyr Tydfil was the second stop on the President’s two-day visit to Wales. Stephen's visit also included:

  • Giving the key note address at the Wales Planning Conference in Cardiff
  • Visiting the site of the proposed new car park at Pont ar Daf, Brecon Beacons which is an attempt to manage visitor pressure on the highest point in southern Britain - Pen y Fan
  • Meeting with Young Planners Cymru to discuss the future of planning in Wales
  • Discussing how planning can support the economy in rural areas at a roundtable about rural planning

Get involved: RTPI Cymru

Enter: Wales Planning Award 2017