To merit an award, entries must demonstrate outstanding achievement judged to have advanced significantly the science and art of town and country planning for the benefit of the community, or provide an outstanding example of the beneficial impact of positive planning.
In evaluating such achievements the following aspects, as appropriate, will be taken into account and should be specifically addressed in entry submissions:
Enhancement of the physical environment leading to recognisable social and economic benefit in terms of human happiness, greater safety and greater efficiency;
- All projects must demonstrate how the submission adapts to, or mitigates against the threats posed by climate change as raised in the RTPI's seven commitments on climate change;
- How the submission has addressed all aspects of sustainable development;
- Originality of the achievement or approach;
- The key issues and problems that needed to be overcome;
- Quality of the professional work involved in project design, the development of planning concepts and the application of planning techniques;
- The extent and quality of public involvement in the process;
- Extent to which the achievement may serve as a model for work elsewhere or as a basis for the development of further related schemes; and
- The role played by the planner working in partnership with other agencies.