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RTPI North East announces shortlist for Planning Excellence Awards

29 August 2014

The RTPI North East panel of judges has shortlisted four excellent and worthy entries across the region that have contributed outstanding planning projects.  The Awards celebrate the very best in planning projects, and attracted submissions from the commercial, public and voluntary sectors.

The shortlisted projects include the reclamation and restoration of Seaham’s historic dock to modern marina, a community-led approach to regenerate Fish Quay in North Shields, the carefully restored Witham Hall, now providing public access to a cultural and community hub. And finally, the expansion of space to the Wooler Work Hub, including ‘office pods’, encouraging independent and business integration.

The Award winners will be announced in October during the RTPI Centenary Ball and dinner.

The Chair of RTPI North East Region, Stephen Litherland said, “We have been delighted with the quality, strength and depth of the regional award submissions this year in what is the Institute’s Centenary Year. The judges considered entries from across the whole of the North East Region and the shortlisted candidates have now been chosen following a rigorous judging process. The process proved incredibly close scoring between projects, which is testament to the high standard of submissions. We now look forward to welcoming the winners to our annual awards Dinner in October which is shaping up to be a really enjoyable event”.

The process proved incredibly close scoring between projects, which is testament to the high standard of submissions.

Sponsors of the Dinner and Awards consist of Amec, Bond Dickinson, GVA, Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners and Signet Planning. 

Cath Ranson, President of the RTPI said: “I congratulate all those entering the RTPI North East Planning Excellence Awards and, in particular, these projects that have been shortlisted. In the RTPI’s centenary year, there is no better time to celebrate planner’s contribution to society through excellence of planning, yielding tangible benefits for the economy and environment. I’m impressed by these examples of innovative sustainable development. I commend the panel of judges for their work to identify such exceptional examples of best practice planning and process. I continue to be impressed by the expertise, pride and confidence within our profession and by achievements that continue to set such high standards in the industry.”

The Award winners will be announced at the RTPI North East Centenary Ball and Dinner, held on 10th October 2014. Details of the event can be found here