The Royal Town Planning Institute has announced the winners of the 2009 South East Regional Planning Awards, celebrating the best of planning across the region.
The awards were assessed on a variety of measures including how schemes enhanced the physical environment, how they addressed all aspects of sustainable development, the originality of the achievement or approach; quality of the professional work involved, and the extent to which the achievement may serve as a model for work elsewhere. The schemes that were awarded prizes highlight the sheer diversity of great planning and regeneration taking place all across the South East of England.
Clare Wright, Chair of the Judging Panel said:
"The 2009 winner, Cobham Ashenbank Management Scheme, is an excellent example of complex problem solving and tenacity showcases exceptional commitment from a local planning authority and their partners over a considerable period of time. It is a fantastic success story that demonstrates how effective regeneration can be in rural areas, ensuring that the historic environment can be accessible to all."
The 2009 Award Winners were:
OVERALL 2009 WINNER
"Cobham Ashenbank Management Scheme"
Climate change – sponsored by Atkins Global
WINNER - One Brighton
\"A groundbreaking sustainable urban housing development. It is the role of the planners, their encouragement and partnership working with willing developers to maximise the green design elements that is the main reason for its success \"
COMMENDED - Ashburton Court and Elizabeth II Court, Winchester
City, Town and Metropolitan areas – sponsored by Adams Hendry
WINNER - Admiralty Quarter, Portsmouth
\"An outstanding inner city regeneration project. Investing in a significantly deprived inner city ward takes courage. The solution integrates well. It serves as a beacon and marks a further stage in the regeneration of the area.\"
Sustainable Communities – sponsored by Brighton University.
WINNER - Ringing the changes - the Ashford Ring Road Project
\"An agenda-setting project to civilise a major ring road. The Panel commends this brave and innovative intervention, removing a busy and fast ring road and replacing elements of it with a shared surface. The shared space element works really well, has a great atmosphere and can be a catalyst for further regeneration and growth of the town\"
Arts, Culture, Sport and Education
WINNER - Dorney Rowing Lake, Eton
Runnymede Campus, Englefield Green, Surrey
\"A major sports complex that integrates successfully into the local community. The project provides opportunities for access to the open countryside for the urban population and wider community and the Lake accommodates both major rowing events and community groups for sporting and other activities.\"
Heritage and Rural Regeneration – Sponsored by - ECOVAST
WINNER - "Cobham Ashenbank Management Scheme"
COMMENDED - "Royal Clarence Yard"
Spatial Strategies – Sponsored by Peak Quality Homes
WINNER - "Brighton & Hove Urban Characterisation Study"
COMMENDED - "Solent Waterfront Strategy"
\"A comprehensive study of the characteristics of 32 different neighbourhoods to inform future planning policies, and assist with planning decision making. The Study is deceptively simple in its execution, drawing together a complex range of data in an easily accessible format for professionals and lay people alike.\"
Good Practice Commendation – Sponsored by Reading University
"Look at Romsey - Romsey - Romsey Town Design Statement"
\"Town Design Statements are a greater challenge than Village Design Statements, because they cover larger built up areas. The character descriptions and design guidelines in each of the documents are clearly set out with maps and illustrations. The local people who undertook this community led planning document and Test Valley Borough Council are commended\"
"Milton Keynes Intelligence Observatory"
\"Milton Keynes Intelligence Observatory are commended for creation and provision of this on line resource of a one-stop-shop for information about the health and future growth of Milton Keynes and the South Midlands.\"