Cost of Living Support Icon


New placemaking approach to give communities greater role in planning development in the Vale

Bespoke ‘place-making’ plans are to be developed for each of the four towns in the Vale of Glamorgan following the Council’s adoption of the Placemaking Wales Charter.


  • Thursday, 25 May 2023

    Vale of Glamorgan

It was agreed at a meeting of the Council’s cabinet on 25 May 2023 that the authority would become a signatory to the Placemaking Wales Charter and in doing so gain access to funding from Welsh Government. This will be used to bolster how the Council works with local communities to identify development priorities.


Cllr Bronwen Brooks, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Sustainable Places, said: “Placemaking is key to ensuring our communities thrive in the current economic climate.


“We must make sure that our towns have well-designed and well-maintained built and natural environments. The quality of these environments is often the key determinate of their health and well-being of the communities that live in them. Becoming a signatory to the Placemaking Charter is a public commitment to delivering quality places for everyone in the Vale.


“By signing the Charter we are pledging to support placemaking in all relevant areas of our work and promote the six placemaking principles in the planning, design, and management of new and existing places.”


Placemaking is the proactive and collaborative process of creating and managing places. Future Wales: the National Plan 2040 and national planning policy identify placemaking as being essential to the delivery of sustainable development and achieving improvements in the well-being of communities


The placemaking work will be led by the Council’s Creative Communities team. The team is already working to support Cowbridge Town Council in their placemaking activities and has previously led successful placemaking work in Barry.


Cllr Malcolm Wilson, Mayor of Cowbridge, said: “We at Cowbridge with Llanblethian Town Council are excited to be working in partnership with the Vale Council and other towns across the Vale to develop a ground-breaking Placemaking plan.


The plan will give the Cowbridge and Llanblethian communities a real say in the development of the town over the next ten years and an opportunity to contribute and influence wider policies across the Vale that impact on our town and its people.”