The Positive Planning Bill for Wales has many good things to say for it, except for proposals on town and village greens. I questioned the Minister on the overkill proposed for village green registrations at a lunchtime meeting for the Cross-Party Group on Rural Affairs. Open Spaces Society has suggested alternatives to the Welsh proposal which would strike a fair balance between the public and genuine developers.
My own experience locally for Open Spaces in Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC is that many open spaces where generations have always played in the Valleys do not have permanent registered rights as greens, and checking this – as OSS suggest – before allowing building or concrete turning circles is not asking too much. With fences going up, security “boys with toys” everywhere and fast traffic, these little spaces make for happier homes.
The fine red-brick Pierhead Building, which also houses exhibitions, is good for a wander round, with evocative interactive shows of role models (Nye Bevan, Dylan Thomas etc) and comfy seats with views of the bay.
At the moment, the Futures Gallery there has an exhibition “Tears In Rain” (which references a speech in Blade runner the film), with work by Melanie Wootton and Sarah Abbott. It is open until 28/02/2014, 10:30 – 16:30.
You can comment on the Welsh Government’s Planning proposals (Q41 on village greens) until 26th February at http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/planning/draft-planning-wales-bill/?lang=en