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Six facing vote to help decide Young Planner of the Year

01 December 2011

Six of the UK's most outstanding young planning professionals, all aged under 35, are in the running for a prestigious national award given by The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Voting for the annual Young Planner of the Year opens today (Friday 2 December) and closes at 5pm on 19 December. The award recognises the brightest younger planners involved in the profession. The winner will receive a place at the American Planning Association's National Planning Conference in Los Angeles, as well as Planning Summer School in Liverpool and will represent the profession at high-profile events.

Voting by RTPI members on the shortlist will produce the finalists, who will then give a presentation to the judges in early January 2012 to determine the overall winner. Members can vote online, using the link at http://www.rtpi.org.uk/item/426/23/5/3.

The finalists are:

  • James Carpenter - Principal Planning and Customer Liaison Officer, North West Leicestershire Council.
  • Simon Coop - Associate Director, NLP, Cardiff
  • Neil Hook - Principle Planning & Regeneration Officer, London Borough of Enfield.
  • Monica Lennon - Associate, Planner, Knight Frank LLP, Glasgow.
  • Nikola Miller - Planning Consultant, Smiths Gore, Edinburgh.
  • Julia Riddle - Associate Director, Development Consulting, DTZ, London.

Details of the short listed candidates can be found at http://www.rtpi.org.uk/item/426/23/5/3

This year's judges are:

Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG)
Adrian Penfold, Head of Planning and Environment, British Land
Andrew Taylor, Assistant Director Planning and Building Control, Uttlesford Borough Council and RTPI Trustee
Bryan Johnston, Consultant Editor, Planning magazine.