Bournville and Telford each received a certificate to mark the historical importance of the communities to the theory and practice of planning on Friday 16th May, presented by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the largest professional institute of planners in Europe as part of the organisation’s centenary celebrations.
Pictured right: Bournville Village Trust (BVT) Chief Executive Peter Roach (on the right) and Chair of West Midlands Dan Roberts
RTPI West Midlands Chair Dan Roberts presented the certificates to Bournville Village Trust Chief Executive Peter Roach on behalf of Bournville, and to Cllr Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing Regeneration & Economic Development for Telford and Wrekin on behalf of Telford.
Dan Roberts, RTPI West Midlands Chair, said: “I was very pleased to be given a guided tour of both Bournville, and Lightmoor in Telford and the visits highlighted the important role planning can play in creating vibrant, successful communities which can flourish from generation to generation. The care and attention to detail with which buildings and landscape had been planned and executed was very evident in both communities.”
Bournville was established by the Cadbury family alongside their Birmingham chocolate factory at the beginning of the 20th century. Lightmooor (often called ‘Bournville 2’) is a new suburb of Telford in Shropshire which continues to grow and is still expanding towards a target of 1000 homes.
The development and management of both suburbs is carried out by Bournville Village Trust (BVT).
Pictured above left: Cllr Smith is pictured (on the left) with Mike Vout of Telford & Wrekin Council receiving the celebratory RTPI Certificate from West Midlands Chair Dan Roberts.
Telford will celebrate its 50th anniversary since New Town designation in 2018.