CREW Newsletter January/February 2017

January 2017

CREW: Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales




Another year ahead! After an initial establishment stage under new management, CREW will be seeking to promote itself throughout Wales in the coming months. Some of the key challenges will be the implementation of the Well-being of Future Generations Wales Act 2015; the Welsh Government’s new approach to building “Resilient Communities” in Wales, which is being taken forward by Communities Cabinet Secretary Carl Sargeant; and achieving progress with the City Region initiatives in Wales. 


CREW Events

Following CREW’s “Sustaining Welsh Communities” Conferenceheld in September 2016, a successful Deep Place and Foundational Economy seminar was held in Cardiff on the 15th of November. A report, with the presentations, can be found on the events page of the CREW website


Proposed events in February 2017 include a meeting of the Welsh Towns Group in Cardiff on Thursday 2nd; and a seminar relating to Resilient Communities agenda in Wales. The date and venue for the latter will be resolved in the near future.


Additional events are proposed in North Wales and in South West Wales. Details will be circulated and published on the web site.


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.


Regeneration related events schedule from January 2017.

A forward programme of events that may be of interest to regeneration practitioners is shown below. Please make direct contact with the organising bodies should you wish to attend.


17 January: Planning Aid Wales

“ Pre application community consultation – Getting the benefits”

12.00–16.00 at Tapestri, Llys Glas, 37 Orchard Street, Swansea, SA1 5BB.



18 January: Bevan Foundation

“After PISA: A Way Forward for Education in Wales?” Professor David Egan.

12.15 for 12.45–13.30 at the Media Briefing Room, Senedd, Cardiff.

Information & booking:


19 January: Constructing Excellence with FMB

“Retrofitting the 1 in 3 traditional buildings in Wales” in Cardiff 8.00–11.00. £45 + VAT.

Full details:


25 January: Green Space Wales Annual Symposium

“An understanding of the Future Generations Act; and the updated Six Acre Standard for playing field provision."

At Beechwood House, Newport from 10:00 to 14:00. £30 plus VAT. 40 places only; and bookings by 20th January.

Details and booking form from:


25 January: Cardiff University Innovation Network

 “Working Effectively with Universities”.

At the Bute Building, King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff. 18.00 for 18.30–20.30.



26 January: CHC

Rural Housing Conference.

9.30–16.30 Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, Powys.



31 January: Insider Wales

Finance for Business Growth Breakfast.

7.30am Registration
 8.00am Meeting
 9.00am Close, At the SSE Swalec Stadium,
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

For more information please email Joanne Sanderson or call 0161 907 9756.


01 February: Constructing Excellence with FMB

“Retrofitting the 1 in 3 traditional buildings in Wales” in Swansea 8.00–11.00. £45 + VAT.

Full details:


02 February: CREW– Welsh Towns Group meeting at Eversheds, Cardiff, 14.00–6.00.

To be confirmed.


07 February: Planning Aid Wales - "Place Plans - from Concept to Reality".

At YMCA Newport, Mendalgief Road, Newport NP20 2HF.



15 February: Constructing Excellence with FMB

“Retrofitting the 1 in 3 traditional buildings in Wales” in Llandudno 8.00–11.00. £45 + VAT.

Full details:


15 February: Institute of Welsh Affairs

Debate - “Should the Brexit deal for Wales include the free movement of people”.

At Eversheds, 1 Callaghan Square, Cardiff. FREE.

Details & booking:


16 February: RTPI Cymru

“Solving Wales's Housing Problems - From Plan to Action”.

10:00am (registration from 9.30am) at Park Plaza Cardiff, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff, CF10 3AL. £45 incl. VAT. 

Please contact: telephone 029 2049 8215 to reserve your place.


25 / 27 April: CIH Cymru -TAI 2017 “Time to Deliver”:

Information & booking at


08 June: RTPI Cymru

Wales Planning Conference: Details to follow.


07 July: DCFW

“Hatch: Developing Cardiff Bay (place making)”.

18.00 – 20.00. Meet outside the Wales Millennium Centre.



04 October: RenewableUK Cymru

“Smart Energy Wales. Smart Storage; Smart Grid; Smart Living.”

Details to follow


06 December: RICS Wales

Welsh Rural Conference at Llandrindod Wells.