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PR 7 - London Borough of Merton's innovative onsite energy rule wins top planning prize

09 February 2007

In a sensational win the London Borough of Merton has walked away with the RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup, planning's top prize. The win recognises the modern spatial nature of planning and of planners' role in tackling climate change.  The 'Merton rule' as it has become known requires developers to ensure at least 10% of all energy production for new development comes from renewable energy equipment on site. Merton also scooped the award under the 'Climate Change' category. A full list of winners is available at the end of this press release.

Kelvin MacDonald, RTPI director of policy and research said: \"Tackling climate change must be at the heart of everything planners do. The Stern Report identified planning as one of the key methods of tackling climate change and the 'Merton rule' is certainly one of the reasons why. The public traditionally associate planning with the physical environment but I hope this award helps show people that planning contributes so much more.\"

The RTPI Awards Judges said: \"The presentation to the judges took place on the hottest July day in recorded history, and this tended to concentrate the Panel's minds. Merton's experience is that there has been very little opposition from developers to the policy, and indeed some have been very keen to incorporate it into their schemes. It is extremely welcome to find imagination and innovation of this kind being displayed at local level and it shows that planners have the ability and potential to bring about change when they are given the opportunity. For these reasons, the judges consider the submission merits an Award and is the winner of the Silver Jubilee Cup.\"

Further details are available in the Judges report

For further information please contact:

Andrew Kliman, Communications Manager, 0207 929 9479, mob. 07870 672 020



 Notes to Editors

1. The event took place at:

The London Hilton on Park Lane on 8 February 2007 from 12.00pm – 3.00pm

2. RTPI PLANNING AWARDS 2006: Full list of winners and commendations



SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES (sponsored by the Crown Estate)

Award for Sustainable Communities to:



  •     Regenerating Devonport\"



Submitted by: Matrix Partnership



CITY AND METROPOLITAN AREAS

Commendation for City and Metropolitan Areas to

  • "RobinHoodAirport, Doncaster, Sheffield"


Submitted by - Doncaster MBC



Commendation for City and Metropolitan Areas to

  • "From Vision to Reality : HullCity Centre Masterplan and HullCity Centre Area Action Plan"


Submitted by - Roger Tym & Partners, Hull City Council and Hull Citybuild



Commendation for City and Metropolitan Areas to

  • "Universities at Medway – Medway Campus"


Submitted by - NAI Fuller Peiser



RURAL AREAS AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Award for Rural Areas and the Natural Environment to


  • "From special Landscape to Landscape Character, Derbyshire"


Submitted by - High Peak Borough Council



HERITAGE

Award for Heritage to

  • "Saltaire World Heritage Site : Environmental Capacity Study"


Submitted by :Atkins and CBMDC



PLANNING PROCESS

Commendation for Planning Process to

  • "Scottish Water Solutions : successfully planning Scotland's largest building project"


Submitted by - Scottish Water Solutions



E-GOVERNMENT

Commendation for E-Government to

  • "Preparing the Regional Spatial Strategy for the North West -  Consultation Process"


Submitted by - North West Regional Assembly



ARTS CULTURE AND SPORT

Award for Arts Culture and Sport to

  •  "The Ascot Authority – The Redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse"


Submitted by - Turnberry Consulting Ltd



CLIMATE CHANGE

Award for Climate Change to

  • "London Borough of Merton Renewable Energy Policy"


Submitted by - Merton Council


Commendation for Climate Change to

  • "Lamb Drove : Cambourne Sustainable Drainage Scheme"


Submitted by - Cambridgeshire County Council


Commendation for Climate Change to

  • "Green Roofs – Planning Advice Note 1"


Submitted by - London Borough of Barking and Dagenham


Commendation for Climate Change to

  • "Blacklaw Windfarm, CentralScotland : Habitat Management and Compliance Assessment"


Submitted by: West Lothian Council


Commendation for Climate Change to

  • "Construction & Demolition Waste SPD"


Submitted by - East Sussex County Council & Brighton & Hove City Council


COMMUNITY PLANNING

Award for Community Planning to

  •  "New Heart for Oxmoor – local people shaping their future"


Submitted by - Huntingdonshire District Council


EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

Award for Equality and Diversity to

  • \"Path National Ltd – tomorrow's planners\"


Submitted by - Huntingdonshire District Council


3.  The RoyalTown Planning Institute (RTPI)

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As well as promoting spatial planning, RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development.

For further general information, visit the RTPI website at: www.rtpi.org.uk

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