IHBC Wales Branch Chair Rory Wilson has welcomed RTPI Cymru’s announcement that public nominations for the best places in Wales include the first place in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and stunning landscapes, with voting is open until Friday 30 September.
Rory 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 writes:
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 top 10 best places in Wales have been whittled down by the Wales Best Places Judging Panel from over 200 nominations from the public.
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!’
The voting for Wales Best Places is being officially launched by RTPI Cymru at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. Similar successful competitions were held last year in England and Scotland in 2014.
Voting is open until Friday 30 September.
There are 3 easy ways to vote:
- Submit your vote online in Welsh or English
- Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tweetyour vote for your chosen place, tagging @WalesBestPlaces