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PR 21 - Excellence in planning recognised at RTPI Network Awards

23 April 2008

A renewable energy scheme for Bristol's docks, a project to clean up traffic congestion in one of London's best loved areas and a new community centre designed specifically for local residents are the winners of The Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Network Awards to be announced today (Wednesday).

The RTPI Networks bring together planners and other experts to investigate new approaches to spatial planning. The awards, entitled Excellence in Delivery – recognising good practice, provide recognition to the planners who have been particularly innovative in coming up with planning solutions. Winners will be announced at 14:00 this afternoon at the first Joint Networks Conference to be held in Birmingham's Austin Court Conference Centre.

Trish Cookson, RTPI Networks and Associations Developer said: \"The award winners have been chosen for the unique, innovative, informative and inspiring projects they have been involved in during 2007. This is the first time we have run awards specifically for our network members and we were very pleased with the high standard of entry.\"

The Winners are:

Regeneration Network Award 2007

The winner of the Regeneration Network Award goes to Stephen Hewitt for the @symes community building, Hartcliffe, Bristol, which formed part of the overall redevelopment of Symes district centre. As Chief Executive of Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership (HWCP) Stephen led on all aspects of HWCP's involvement in the overall redevelopment of Symes Avenue, and in particular in the development of the new Symes community building, @symes, which is an exciting new community resource. @symes is run and managed by local people and hosts a range of new services, training facilities and facilities for community use. It is an excellent example of an asset being transferred to community ownership and use.  Stephen's prize is a free place at the 2008 Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Sustainable Communities and Regeneration Masterclass.

Stephen Hewitt, HWCP Chief Executive, said: "Winning the RTPI Regeneration Network award is fantastic news. It is a real recognition
of the strong partnership working over a number of years involving local residents, different professionals, local agencies and Morrison's that have made the redevelopment of Symes happen."

Transport Planning Network Award 2007

The winners of the transport planning award are Liz Halsted and Tim Long for Clear Zones: Monmouth Street Improvements, Seven Dials, London. Liz and Tim are members of the Clear Zone's Partnership which uses partnership working between Central London Authorities to reduce congestion, air and noise pollution and to improve the urban realm using innovative technologies and sustainable transport measures.

The Clear Zone partners are the City of London, the City of Westminster and Camden Council.  The outline of the project was to rebalance traffic to improve Monmouth Street for walkers, cyclists, residents and businesses; and to repave and declutter the street (to continental standards), in order to enhance the conservation area. Liz and Tim's prize is a free place at the 2008 RTPI Planning Convention in July.

Liz Halsted, Clear Zone Manager, said: "The Monmouth Street improvements form part of the Clear Zone walking corridor between Covent Garden and the British Museum. Partnership working was key to developing this scheme and couldn't have been achieved without our partners from The Seven Dials Monument Trust, TfL, CLP and Shaftesbury Plc".

Environmental Planning and Protection Network Award 2007

The winner of the Environmental Planning and Protection Award is Bernice Roberts for The Bristol Port Company Renewable Energy Project. As Principal Environmental Planner with the Landmark Practice, Bernice was responsible for leading and managing the Environmental Impact Assessment, and for preparing information to inform an Appropriate Assessment under the Habitats Regulations, for the installation of three wind turbines at Avonmouth Docks. The scheme, which was designed to provide secure and commercially viable energy to meet the Port's needs, has been operational since October 2007.  It will generate 15million kilowatt hours of clean energy for Bristol Port, and provide combined generation sufficient to meet up to 75% of the Port's electricity demand. Bernice's prize is a free place at the 2008 Planning Convention in July.

Bernice Roberts said: \"The Bristol Port Company's turbines show that wind energy can be harnessed close to sensitive sites and densely populated areas, as long as the challenges of site selection and project design are thoroughly addresses. The Avonmouth wind turbines are the product of the client team working closely with the LPA to bring forward a development that gives both environmental and economic benefits to the local area.\"

For further information please contact:

Dale Atkinson, Communications Manager, RTPI on 020 7929 9479 or email: dale.atkinson@rtpi.org.uk

Trish Cookson, Networks and Associations Developer, RTPI on 01262 605972 or email: trish.cookson@rtpi.org.uk

Catherine Middleton, Regeneration Network Manager on 0207 515 1913 or email: catherine.middleton@rtpi.org.uk

Nicola Gough, Transport Planning Network Manager and Environmental Planning and Protection Network Manager on 01772 716629 or email: nicola.gough@rtpi.org.uk

 

Notes to Editors

The RTPI Networks are the responsibility of Trish Cookson, RTPI Networks and Associations Developer, with a team of Network Managers. Each Network has a Steering Group of experts who advise on the development and activities of the network.

Nominations for the Network 2008 awards will open in September - for further details contact networks@rtpi.org.uk

The awards will be announced at 2.00pm, Austin Court Conference Centre, Birmingham during the RTPI's Joint Networks Conference.

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