A COMPETITION has recently been launched to discover Wales’ hidden gems. If you’re proud of the place where you were born, live or work, then here is your chance to nominate it to potentially be crowned one of Wales’ best places.
The competition was designed to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places, as well as to mark the centenary of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the professional body for the UK’s planning professionals, with competitions planned to be held throughout the UK.
The RTPI and its members have been working with communities for a century to help create great places for people. Each place nominated will also be judged against how it was shaped, protected or improved by planners and the planning system.
Peter Lloyd, Chair of the RTPI Cymru, said: “Your best place could be a natural landscape, a historic town, perhaps a national park. It might be a vibrant and diverse community you are especially proud of, a special place within a city, a stunning cultural quarter or a neighbourhood.
“You could nominate an area that has undergone significant regeneration and has been transformed by that process. Your nomination could be a place that has changed over time to meet the needs of its communities.
“There is no single definition of a ‘best place’. We are leaving that up to you. We want your suggestions.
“We want to recognise those special places which we cherish because they have been protected, carefully planned or improved. I expect competition will be fierce and people will be passionate because they are about the place that mean the most to them.”
Anyone in Wales can nominate their best place before the deadline day of Friday June 10. A diverse panel of judges will then come up with a short list of their top ten entries and then will invite a public vote to decide the final ten.
To nominate your favourite place, either use the online form on the RTPI website, email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively Tweet or Instagram your ideas using @WalesBestPlace and the hashtag #WalesBestPlace.