Placemaking Wales Charter launched
The new Placemaking Wales Charter aims to provide a common understanding of the range of considerations that contribute to establishing and maintaining good places. It has been developed in collaboration with the Placemaking Wales Partnership, a wide group of organisations who commit to creating better places for people in Wales. Play Wales is a member of the partnership and has endorsed the Charter.
The Charter promotes six principles in the planning, design and management of new and existing places, which are:
- People and community – the needs, aspirations, health and well-being of all people are considered at the outset.
- Location – places grow and develop in a way that uses land efficiently, supports and enhances existing places and is well connected.
- Movement – walking, cycling and public transport are prioritised.
- Mix of uses – places have a range of purposes which provide opportunities for community development, and good access to services and facilities.
- Public realm – streets and public spaces are well defined, welcoming, safe and inclusive with a distinct identity.
- Identity – the positive, distinctive qualities of existing places are valued and respected.
Design Commission for Wales has produced the Placemaking Wales Guide which builds on the Placemaking Wales Charter. The Guide sets out in more detail what placemaking means so that all involved in shaping the built environment in Wales have a clear understanding. It covers key aspects of placemaking and points to several Play Wales publications.