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Entries now open for Yorkshire’s premier planning award

06 February 2013

Entries are now open for Yorkshire's premier planning award, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Yorkshire Planning Excellence Award 2013. The deadline for entries is the 2 April. With 23,000 members worldwide working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors, the RTPI is the largest professional institute for planners in Europe. The RTPI Planning Excellence Awards celebrate the positive contribution that planners and planning make to society, to highlight exceptional examples of planning and inspire others to achieve the same high standards.

Stan Driver, Chair of RTPI Yorkshire, said: "We're looking for projects from across Yorkshire and the Humber which professionals and the public are proud of. We want to hear about schemes which celebrate planning's contribution to society, which make life better , are exceptional examples of planning practice and expertise and which lift the heart and inspire."

Entries could include projects which:

  • Illustrate the positive role of planning in delivering economic or housing
  • represent a highly innovative approach to plan-making (including both statutory and non-statutory plans at city regional, local or neighbourhood level)
  • support the sustainable regeneration of a community/neighbourhood (e.g. new schools, health, cultural or community facilities)
  • enhance the quality of the public realm through the provision of new high quality public spaces or conserve and enhance the built or natural environment (e.g. through the conservation and re-use of heritage assets)
  • demonstrate effective development management processes, for example showcasing positive collaboration between developers, communities and local planning authorities.

Recent past winners of the RTPI Yorkshire planning awards include University of York Heslington East Campus, Leeds City Region Green Infrastructure Strategy and Creating Successful Neighbourhoods and Sustainable Communities in Sheffield.

Further information, including guidelines for entrants, can be seen here.