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 Montgomeryshire Branch

Chairman          Chris Fuller
                         01654 703730

Secretary          Nicholas Moore
                         01522 520790

Membership Secretary
                         Hilary Parks

Page last updated 22nd July 2015

 Forthcoming Events

14th May 2016 Montgomeryshire Branch AGM, the watermill in Pontdolgoch, 2.30pm.
By kind invitation of Tim Chiltern. There will also be the opportunity to see this wonderful, preserved watermill.



Montgomeryshire Branch Lecture at CPRW's Annual General Meeting 30th May

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The Branch was pleased to be able to arrange a talk by Dr Jean Reader (Chairman,  Welsh Historic Gardens Trust) on “The work of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust 1989-2015”  which followed the National AGM.  Dr Reader’s talk made an interesting comparision between the work of two organisations in Wales which are involved in the preservation of the landscape. The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust (WHGT) have been able to launch many notable projects, particularly the re-establishment of the gardens at Aberglasney and  those at Middleton Hall, which has become the National Botanic Garden of Wales, restoration work at Hafod and the re-creation of the Cowbridge Physic Garden. Like CPRW, the WHGT is organised into regional branches. A lot of time is spent by the branches in replying to threats to historic gardens and the Parks and Gardens listed in CADW’s surveys.  The increasingly restricted availability of  outside funding has resulted in   the Garden Trust having to rely completely on its volunteer supporters. 


Successful branch lecture at Plas Dolerw, Newtown

Jules.jpegWe were delighted that Jules Hudson, the new President of CPRW, was with us to introduce the talk by Iain Wright, of RCAHMW, on Saturday 21st February:  Location Photography - A Privileged Life”. Iain gave an enthralling lecture to an audience of more than 70 people, which enlightened us on the many techniques he uses to produce splendid photographs for the Welsh Royal Commission and architectural guidebooks. We were also pleased to welcome a number of new members to the branch.

 The Branch AGM will be in June : Details to follow soon


Current Issues

Newtown Bypass 

Brett and Jill Kibble have put in a lot of hard work for preparing our response on the plans for the Newtown Bypass. We have submitted the following comments, See here, which the Branch hopes will lead to improvements in the design of the Bypass and lessen its impact on the landscape to the south of Newtown.


Windfarms and Pylons As predicted this is a topic taking up a lot of our time.


National Grid Proposed connection route from Cefn Coch to Oswestry

The National Grid have since November been consulting on the prepared route.  Details are available here . The Branch has subsequently submitted a response the details of which can be Seen here  


Bryn Blaen Windfarm application (6 turbines situated north of Llangurig)  P/2014/1102

 Our response to this planning application can be seen here


Powys County Council Local Development Plan.

The Branch submitted its comments jointly with the Brecon and Radnor branch, on the  Local Development Plan on the 8th September. Subsequently, on the 24th September, the Welsh Assembly posted its comments on the plan See here , suggesting that the plan  was likely to be declared unsound by the Inspector on the grounds that guidance material was lacking. Many of the comments made by the WAG are very similar to  those made by the Montgomery Branch,particularly in respect to future housing projections.

Powys County Council will now have to re-formulate and re-advertise the plan, which we expect will happen in the New Year. This will give the Montgomeryshire Branch time to re-consider some of its comments and further refine them. We would greatly welcome further comments by members on the LDP.

Branch submits a comprehensive Manifesto to ensure forthcoming Powys Local Development Plan is fit for purpose   See here for further details>>


Review of Designated Landscapes.

The Branch has made its own submission and wishes to make the case that greater recognition should be given to the landscapes of Montgomeryshire and particularly where they are contiguous with other AONB’s such as the Shropshire Hills.


Monitoring Local Planning Applications.

The Branch is monitoring Planning Application and making comments where applicable.  Jill Kibble ( has kindly agreed to undertake this for us, for the time being. Please get in touch with her if you would like the Branch to make any observations.


Branch Awards

Rural Wales Award

The award was made in recognition of the sensitive and high quality restoration of this historic building which has past  links with rural life, the tanning industry and farming in the general locality. The Tannery was officially opened as an additional art and sculpture gallery in May 2014, following  its restoration from an ivy-clad derelict building.


For more information about the Award and MOMA at Machynlleth  see here and also the CPRW entry on Wikipedia See here 



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