CREW Newsletter October/November 2016

October 2016

CREW: Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales



Despite the relatively more modest financial resources available to CREW since the change in ownership, positive progress is being made! See below for details.


CREW Events

The first event, under new management, has been held! Our “Sustaining Welsh Communities” Conference was held on Monday 26th of September at the Cardiff City Stadium. There was an encouragingly good attendance from a wide range of practitioner interests, spanning the public, private and third sectors. Three short, but excellent, presentations focusing on “Future Generations” were given by Barbara Castle OBE, Dr. Victoria Winckler (Director of the Bevan Foundation) and Dr. Einir Young (Director of Sustainability, Bangor University).

This was followed by two Workshop sessions covering the diverse subjects of Local Economies; Approaches to Community Cohesion; Community Ownership; Green Infrastructure; and Community Energy. Following a Workshop report back session, the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe, outlined the approach being taken to the implementation of the Well-being for Future Generations Act, and the values and principles that have now been established in pursuit of the Act’s objectives.

It is anticipated that a full report of the Conference, with copies of presentations, will be posted on the web site in the near future.


A follow up programme of CREW events is being planned for the next six months. The seminar How can the Deep Place approach and Transformational Local Economies help Communities in Wales?will be held in at Eversheds, I Callaghan Square on the 15th of November 3.30 p.m. – 6.10 p.m. Speakers will include Professor Karel Williams from Manchester Business School; and Dr. Mark Lang, co-author of the CREW Deep Place Study relating to Tredegar published in 2014. The event is free to attend.


Additional events are being taken forward at venues in North Wales during February 2017 and in South West Wales. Keen interest has already been shown in an event focussing on arts, creativity and culture in relation to regeneration; and other subjects under discussion include the future of coastal / seaside towns; and rural market towns.


If YOU have any regeneration related subjects suitable for events, which you think are important the regeneration policy makers and delivery practitioners in Wales, please let us know.We have no intention of duplicating events already being held; and we will seek collaboration with other organisations and bodies who are pursuing a similar agenda.


For information purposes, an events schedule is attached to this newsletter. It includes all CREW events; but also other events that may be of interest to regeneration practitioners in Wales. CREW does not bear any responsibilities for these external events.


The CREW Web Site

With the excellent support provided by staff of the Coastal Housing Group, action is now being taken to update the web site. This commenced with the publication of our first regular Newsletter in September. It is anticipated that the Newsletter will be produced on a regular basis.


Other aspects of the web site will be updated over the next two or three months. We would like it to become a lot more pro active, with contributions and ideas flowing from practitioners throughout Wales.


Support Networks to CREW


Welsh Town Network was previously established by the former CREW management in 2012 and continued in operation until March of this year. There still appears to be enthusiasm from members to continue the work of this Network. It is proposed that a meeting to discuss this issue will be held before the end on November.

Contact has already been made with previous members of the Network, but if you would also like to attend the meeting, please contact Catherine English at Bron Afon Community Housing -


Regeneration Skills Collective Wales (a network of six professional institutions in Wales – CIH Cymru, ICE Wales-Cymru, LIW, RICS Wales, RSAW and RTPI Cymru) was formed over twelve years ago. It assisted with the establishment of CREW in 2008/9 and continued to perform a supportive role. RSCW is currently considering its networking options for the future. Whatever decision is taken in this respect, it would appear that the Regeneration Practitioner Network associated with the current RSCW could continue in support of CREW. Discussions are ongoing on how this might best be achieved; but all current members of the Practitioners Group will be informed.


When the former CREW organisation was part of the Community Housing Cymru (CHC) company structure, a Housing-led Regeneration Network was incorporated into the network support for CREW. With the new CREW management structure, the Housing-led Regeneration Network has now reverted to the CHC company structure. However, CREW will seek to liaise and work with this Network in the future.




Regeneration Events Schedule


25 October: Cardiff University “Food Policy as Public Policy” Professors Kevin Morgan & Terry Marsden at Committee Rooms 1 & 2, Glamorgan building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff. 17.30 – 20.00 FREE. Details and booking:


31 October: University of CardiffImpact & Engagement Programme“What the Metro Might Do” 12.15 – 18.00 at Committee Rooms 1 & 2, Glamorgan Building,

King Edward VII Avenue. FREE. Information and booking:


03/04 November: Cardiff University “11th Regional Innovation Policies Conference”at the School of Geography and Planning. £220. Full details and bookings:


15 November CREW “How can the Deep Place approach and Transformational Local Economies help Communities in Wales” with Karel Williams & Mark Lang; at Eversheds, 1 Callaghan Square, Cardiff. 15.30 – 18.10. Contact Karen Pick at Bron Afon Community Housing –


15 November: Sustainable Places Research Institute “Do people favour policies that protect future generations? 12.00 – 13.00 at 33 Park Place, Cardiff. FREE.


16 November: University of CardiffImpact & Engagement ProgrammeCities: Ensuring Prosperity, Equality and Well-Being” 13.30 – 18.00 at Committee Rooms 1 & 2, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue. FREE. Information and booking:


17 November: ICE Wales Cymru “Wales Annual Transport Conference” at Novotel, Schooner Way, Cardiff. 8.30 – 16.30. From £45+VAT. Details & booking:


30 November: Public Health Network Cymru “Planning for Better Health and Well-being” (A briefing on integrating planning and physical activity for practitioners working in local planning authorities and health organisations in Wales). 10.30 – 15.00 at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel, Cardiff. Information / booking:


01/02 December CHC Annual Conference at Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff. Details & booking


02 December: RSAW: “Annual Conference - A time for Place Making” at the Hoddinot Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 9.30 – 17.00. Programme and details to follow.


12 DecemberWelsh Government / Shelter Cymru / WISERD “Wales Housing Research Conference” at the Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, 9.30 – 17.00. Information and booking  or contact