President Ron Tate took in a wide range of planning work in Wales during his tour. In Denbigh he met Denbighshire County Council development control manager Mark Dakeyne, principal area renewal officer Carol Evans, then secretary of the Planning Officers Society Wales Tim Ball and head of planning and public protection Graham Boase. He saw how the restoration of historic buildings is bringing life back to the town centre. Passing through slate mine reclamation schemes, he moved on to Penrhyndeudraeth, where he met north Wales planners including those working for the Snowdonia National Park Authority. Later that afternoon he saw the conservation work that has been carried out in Aberaeron.
The following day's visit concentrated on urban south Wales. He met members of Planning Aid Wales and discussed their plans for the future, followed by a buffet lunch with members of the branch executive. In the afternoon, when he visited Newport City Council, he met planners involved in masterplanning and implementation who are working together to regenerate the area around the River Usk and to reuse hundreds of acres of land left derelict by the closure of large parts of the Llanwern steelworks.
SEMINARS AND MEETINGS
Telecommunications Development: Managing Changing Landscapes. 30 November. RTPI West Midlands Branch. Lambert Smith Hampton, Birmingham. The speaker will be Janet Askew from the University of the West of England, Bristol. Cost: £10 including VAT (£5 for students and unwaged). Details: Sue Griffith-Jones (tel) 0121 705 0136; (e-mail) email@example.com.
Regeneration of Piccadilly: Partnership Working from Street to Sky. 2 December. RTPI North West Branch. Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester. Details: Beverley Watson (tel) 0161 969 3815; (e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Planning: Love It or Hate It, It Is Happening. 9 December. RTPI South West Branch. The Guildhall, Bath. What are the land-use implications of changing lifestyles and technology?
Are you ready for business online? What can the Planning Portal or PARSOL do for you? Details: Helen Clarke (tel) 01823 665532; (e-mail) email@example.com.