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England's Great Places Finalists

About the competition 

Our eminent panel of judges selected the 10 best places in England from the places that you nominated based on the role planners have played in helping to create, protect or shape them for England's communities. 

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Letchworth Garden City, East of England 

Letchworth Garden City is of great historical importance.  It was the first garden city, deliberately planned to balance the need for decent housing, recreation, amenities and access. It remains highly valued as a great place to live, work and visit. 


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Peak District, East Midlands

The Peak District is the first National Park- a great place that has been managed by the planning system to conserve and enhance its unique characteristics.  It is an astonishing achievement to have protected such a beautiful place over so many years given the pressures on it from the surrounding urban centres.


Brindleyplace Canal

Brindleyplace,  Birmingham, West Midlands

Through the planning system the historic character of this canal-side re-development has created a great place for the local community and visitors.  It is a vibrant, walkable area with a wide variety of shops and businesses operating from the imaginatively re-purposed buildings which date back to the industrial revolution.   


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Kings Cross Regeneration, London

Kings Cross Regeneration is a great place and international gateway to the UK. What was once a declining area is now a hub for creative and technology industries with fantastic public spaces for all to enjoy.  It is being transformed through exemplary planning.


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Kielder Water & Forest Park, North East

Kielder is a great place which has been created, managed and enhanced through sensitive planning providing a beautiful and distinctive area –including being one of the first "dark sky" areas  for visitors and the community 


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Liverpool Waterfront, North West

Liverpool waterfront is a mix and balance of contemporary development in a World Heritage site setting. The regeneration  has transformed this area into a vibrant place and a cherished place for locals and visitors alike. There is a great degree of pride in Liverpool for this place. 


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Thame High Street, South East

Good planning over a long period has protected and  enhanced the character of this small market town and the High Street, and it now has the benefits of one of the first neighbourhood plans. It is an example of exemplary community support and careful, sensitive planning. 



Bath, South West 

Planning has been able to help conserve this historic city. It has protected the historic attributes of the city whilst helping manage development in a sensitive way. As a unique example of town planning, architecture and landscape it has received UNESCO heritage status. 


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Bristol, South West

Bristol is a great modern and inclusive city that is a thriving centre for popular culture, food, environmental activities - everything in the mix. It has a strong heritage and regional identity. It also has a "legible cities initiative" to improve people's understanding and experience of the city.


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Saltaire, Yorkshire

Saltaire has been managed and planned to retain the character of a Victorian model village. The restored mills now house small businesses and apartments.  Sensitive and skilful  planning has protected the essence of this unique historic settlement and kept it a beautiful place. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.   

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