Town Centres - Unique Places

The ‘Unique Places’ is a model of Town Centre Management developed by Caerphilly County Borough Council to manage the County Borough’s principal town centres.

This model is now recognised as an example of good practice by organisations and regeneration practitioners across the UK.


Unique Places’ was initially applied to three towns in the County Borough: Caerphilly, Blackwood and Bargoed. In 2011, it was also successfully implemented in Risca town centre and in July 2013 it was further expanded to include Ystrad Mynach.


The model works on two levels:

  1. Operationally using an Environmental Audit process to identify, track and rectify issues in each town centre. The aim is that through the process of Town Centre Management, existing Council resources are focused where possible on the town centres.
  2. The five town centres are actively marketed to promote them as genuine opportunities for new business ensuring that they remain hubs of employment for local people.


The document is called ‘Town Centres – Unique Places’ and it puts local town centres at the heart of the community and shows how the authority maintains its support for the retail and service sectors through the process of Town Centre Management.

Download – Town Centres – Unique Places

The strategy sets out the principles and vision for the future of Town Centre Management. It takes a holistic approach to integrate all the elements that make a town unique.  The effective management of town centres will lead to an improved environment, which will attract additional visitors and encourage further investment.



For further information please contact Town Centre Management on 01443 866213 / 01443 866363