A housing development on Meadow Road in Worthing has won the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South East’s top Award for Planning Excellence.
Meadow Road (pictured right) is an innovative housing scheme which replaced 48 sub-standard flats with 12 family homes for affordable rent in a neighbourhood with complex deprivation issues. An existing block of flats for vulnerable residents who were unable to move was also refurbished. The project delivered clear health benefits for residents and reduced anti-social behaviour issues associated with the old housing. There was extensive, meaningful engagement by Worthing Borough Council and Worthing Homes with the community which contributed to its success.
Gareth Giles, Chair of RTPI South East said:
“Meadow Road is an outstanding housing scheme which demonstrates effective community involvement, commitment to sustainable design and a clear focus on delivering high quality accommodation for new residents. This is an exceptional example of how planners worked with architects to deliver good quality housing.”
The category winners of the 2016 RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence were:
Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing
Meadow Road, Worthing by Worthing Borough Council and Worthing Homes
Excellence in Planning to Deliver Infrastructure
Kent and Medway Growth and Infrastructure Framework
Aecom and Kent County Council
Excellence in Planning for Community and Well-being
American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, Albion Training Ground
DMH Stallard LLP, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and Adur District Council
Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment
Bidwells, James Blake Associates, Southern Ecological Solutions, Charles and Associates (Engineering) and BDB Design Ltd
The RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate the contribution that planners make to society, to highlight exceptional examples of planning and to inspire others to achieve the same high standards. Winning these prestigious awards is a clear demonstration of the quality of the project.
The winners were announced at RTPI South East Awards Evening on 29 September in Portsmouth. The event was sponsored by Countryside Properties and Turley.