Plymouth City Council’s Plymouth Plan received a special mention at the European Council of Spatial Planners European Urban and Regional Planning Awards yesterday.
The Plan, which won the in the Excellence in Plan Making Practice category of 2015’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence, represents a new approach to local planning.
It puts people at the heart of the plan, which was developed over two years of engagement with the local community and local organisations.
Hannah Sloggett and Peter Ford (pictured above right) receiving their certificate. They are both members of the RTPI’s 2016 Local Authority Planning Team of the Year at Plymouth City Council.
The RTPI was well represented at the awards ceremony, with RTPI members from the team of planners at the Thames Tideway Tunnel project (overall winner at the 2015 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence), also a finalist in the awards.
Peter Geraghty, Chair of RTPI International said:
"I am delighted that The Plymouth Plan has won the special award at the European Council of Spatial Planners awards in Brussels, following on from its success at the 2015 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence it is a great achievement.
"It demonstrates the strength of UK planning expertise which is recognised not just nationally but internationally. Plymouth planners and planning practitioners across the UK should take pride in this result as an endorsement of the Chartered Planner. On behalf of the International Committee I would like to warmly congratulate Plymouth City Council on their success."
Immediate Past President Janet Askew, who starts her term as the RTPI's representative on the Council in 2017, represented the Institute at the ceremony yesterday. Speaking from Brussels, she said:
"It was an honour to be at the EU’s Committee of the Regions offices in Brussels to see and hear about a variety of fascinating planning projects being implemented in many countries. That Plymouth planners won an award is testimony to their innovative approaches to plan-making, which are now being shared across Europe. Part of the ceremony also included some interesting presentations by multi-national teams of young planners of the ECTP, who were investigating mobility in cities, all of which emphasises how important it is to share our knowledge and good practices towards planning.”
The RTPI is a founding member of the European Council of Spatial Planners and works with other European members to promote good planning in Europe.