Heartlands, a community-led project which has transformed the site of the former Robinson’s Shaft, west of Pool, in Cornwall, from dereliction into an inspirational cultural and recreation landscape, is the overall winner of the RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence competition 2013, sponsored by WYG Planning & Design.
A close working partnership between consultants Stride Treglown, Cornwall Council, English Heritage and the local community, has restored 10 listed buildings forming the historic tin mining complex, created a public park and visitor centre and constructed new buildings on the site, including a community centre, offices, and an artists and creative industries ‘quarter’ with new homes above.
Presentation of the winner’s award to Heartlands and awards to six other competition entries, will take place at the Community Centre on site on Wednesday 3 July.
Present will be representatives of Stride Treglown, Cornwall Council, English Heritage and the Pool local community, as well as those responsible for the other entries from elsewhere in the South West.
The other entries were:
- The operation & restoration of the Arne Clay Pit, Dorset (joint best entry, with Heartlands, in ‘schemes on the ground’ category)
- The Weymouth Seafront Regeneration Scheme (highly commended in ‘schemes on the ground’ category)
- The Masterplan for Filwood Park, Bristol (best entry in ‘other planning work’ category)
- The Renaissance of Gloucester Docks & Quays (commended in ‘schemes on the ground’ category
- Castle Green, Taunton, Public Realm improvements. (also commended in ‘schemes on the ground’ category).
Nick Smith, RTPI South West Chair 2013 said: "as a member of the Judging Panel this year, I have been impressed by the excellent planning work of many kinds going on all over the region. All the entries have been of a high standard, but, on balance, Heartlands, which has so many different facets to it, stands out as the overall winner."