A large scale flood defence system currently under construction in Skipton (pictured, right)has won the RTPI Yorkshire Planning Excellence Award 2016.
The Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) was developed by engineering firm Ove Arup and the Environment Agency after Skipton suffered from serious flooding events in recent history.
The scheme involves the building of two flood storage reservoirs on Eller Beck and Walter Hill Beck, and the installation of floodwalls in the town centre.
Jennifer Winyard, Chair of the judging panel, said:
“In light of increasing flood risk in residential areas, the project delivers vitally important infrastructure that will provide real benefit to local communities in Skipton for years to come. The judges were particularly impressed by the quality of the technical planning input and the effective management of the scheme through a complex planning regime.
“The Skipton FAS is a beacon of chartered town planning and is testament to how the profession can lead engineers, surveyors, hydrologists and architects to create transformative solutions. It illustrates how community engagement and open communications with Local Planning Authorities can unify stakeholders and it highlights the capabilities of planners in delivering high-quality solutions.”
The award was presented by Phil Williams, President of the RTPI, at RTPI Yorkshire’s Annual Lecture and Reception at the Civic Hall in Leeds held on 28th July 2016.
Speaking about the announcement, Phil Crabtree, RTPI Yorkshire Chair, said:
"I would like to thank and congratulate the Winner and all those projects that entered the Royal Town Planning Institute Yorkshire Planning in Excellence Award 2016. The standard of the submitted projects highlights the important contribution planning and planners make in delivering high quality, innovative solutions.
“This year’s winner showcases the important role planners play in coordinating multi-disciplinary teams and delivering complex projects – the scheme will bring about a real solution to an increasing problem and meet the needs of the community for years to come. Not only does it make a major contribution to reduce the possibility of flooding in Skipton, it has been sensitively designed to fit in with the surrounding environment.”
View: photos from the awards ceremony