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Regional Awards

RTPI East of England Award for Planning Excellence 2017

The RTPI East of England would like to thank all organisations who entered this year's Regional Award. The Regional Judging Panel were overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of the Award entries.  It was a particularly difficult decision as there could be only one Regional winner.

The winning entry was announced at our Regional Gala Dinner and Award Presentation Evening on Friday 22 September 2017.

The WINNERS are:

Carrowbreck Meadow, entered by NPS Group on behalf of Broadland Growth Ltd.

Carrowbreck photo

Photo: Richard Smith and Jonathon Green from NPS Group receive the winner's certificate and trophy from Wendy Hague, Regional Chair (left); Stephen Wilkinson, RTPI President and Lord Matthew Taylor of Goss Moor (far right).

The RTPI East of England Judging Panel said:

We think that Carrowbreck Meadow, a small development of 14 Passivhaus homes in Hellesdon, Norfolk, is a very worthy winner of this year's RTPI East of England Award for Planning Excellence.  The project had many planning challenges to overcome and has successfully delivered something that is different and sets new benchmarks for sustainable development.  The scheme is an excellent example to show how planning consultants, planning authorities and public landowners can work effectively together to help achieve the Government's objective to provide more development on public land.  Congratulations!

Richard Smith, NPS Group on behalf of Broadland Growth Ltd., replied:  'Winning such a prestigious award is a huge honour for NPS Group working on behalf of Broadland Growth Ltd. The award is testimony to the excellent teamwork and vision of our planning team working alongside Hamson Barron Smith to deliver an innovative mixed tenure housing scheme on publicly owned land that delivers excellence in housing' 

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The Judging Panel thought that a HIGHLY COMMENDED award should go to: CB1 Masterplan, entered by Bidwells LLP


CB1 Masterplan photoPhoto: Lord Matthew Taylor of Goss Moor, Wendy Hague and Stephen Wilkinson presented the Highly Commended certificate to representatives from Bidwells.


The Judging Panel said:

This is an example of good brownfield planning on an important city centre site, learning lessons during the development process as this mixed-use scheme settles down around the station gateway to Cambridge.


Other Finalists in the Award were:

Congratulations to all the Finalists

Previous Regional Winners

RTPI East of England Regional Award for Planning Excellence 2016

Winners of the Regional Award for Planning Excellence 2016 were Bidwells LLP and Pollard Thomas Edwards for their entry "Chelmsford City Park West".

There were two highly commended projects:

  • Hadleigh Park Olympic Mountain Bike Legacy Project by Chris Blandford Associates – a network of trails on the former London 2012 Olympic mountain bike course, the only one of its kind, in the world, open to the public
  • North West Cambridge Development by AECOM and University of Cambridge – the largest expansion plans in the University's 800 year history for 3,000 new homes, community, research and teaching facilities and public open space on a 150ha site 

See the 2016 Awards page for details of the highly commended and other shortlisted entries.

2015 Regional Awards

In 2015, Evolution Town Planning and Mae Architects were crowned joint winners, with a neighbourhood plan for Rendlesham, Suffolk and a regeneration project in King's Lynn, Norfolk respectively.


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