RTPI Cymru were pleased to announce that the Ysgol Craig y Deryn project in the Snowdonia National Park won the top award for the RTPI Wales Planning Awards 2014. The announcement was made at the RTPI Cymru Annual Dinner, held on the 28th November.
Winners of the Wales Planning Award Award – Ysgol Craig y Deryn
(left to right): Emma Langmaid - RTPI Cymru Chair, Geraint Roberts - Architect B3 Architects, Huw Evans - Chair Judging Panel, Huw Roberts - Snowdonia National Park Authority and Simon Power - Arup (Award sponsor).
Six projects were shortlisted for the RTPI Wales Planning Awards and they included physical schemes, aids and guides to good practice and community consultation. The projects span public and private sectors, together with the national park authority and civic organisations.
RTPI Cymru Chair, Emma Langmaid said: “Snowdonia National Park’s Ysgol Craig y Deryn was an excellent example of the difficulties facing a planning authority in overcoming a substantial amount of community objection and political sensitivity by delivering a high quality socially important scheme in a very sensitive landscape and of a different scale. The quality and innovation of Tidal Lagoon Power’s consultation and community engagement was very impressive and worthy of a highly commended award.”
Highly Commended - Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay – pre-application public consultation and engagement, Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd (TLP).
(left to right): Simon Power - Arup (Award sponsor), Emma Langmaid - RTPI Cymru Chair, Catrin Jones and Tessa Blazey from Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd, and Huw Evans - Chair Judging Panel.
Huw Evans, Chair of the Judging Panel, said: “This year’s entries were of a very high standard and all of the shortlisted projects had merit. They demonstrate just how much added value the planning system can bring to our places and communities.”
It was decided that two schemes, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s Treharris Town Centre project and the Civic Trust for Wales’ ‘Exploring Your Town scheme’, were worthy of commendations. Treharris was a good example of the commitment and quality necessary to stimulate regeneration in a very deprived area. The Civic Trust for Wales’ Toolkit was a very legible and useable community tool to encourage local engagement in defining the distinctive character of towns and villages.