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World Town Planning Day schools competition

World Town Planning Day #PlanTheWorldWeNeed

We are very pleased to announce pupils from the following secondary schools were selected as winners by our volunteer judging panel of 4 RTPI members.  Congratulations everyone!

  • Overall Winning Entry from Broughton Hall Catholic High School in Liverpool with “My Perfect Eco-friendly Community (Eco-Amo)”.

  • Runners Up: Fernhill School in Farnborough, Goffs-Churchgate Academy in Cheshunt and Wymondham High Academy in Norfolk.

To coincide with COP26 pupils aged 12-15 were asked to imagine that it is 2031, and that they are a keynote speaker at a future United Nations (UN) Climate Change conference again being held in the UK.  They are working as a town planner and have come up with an idea for a new sustainable community near to where they live.

The pupils created visual presentations of their plans and set out information and clear reasoning for proposals to include everything they feel a community needs to thrive.  A competition pack provided background information for teachers on setting the task in class or as an extra-curricular activity.

  • ‘The students were very excited to work on this competition, so thank you for the opportunity’
  • ‘Thank you for running such a fantastic competition. We ran the competition at our school and many of our students were inspired by how important town planning is’
  • ‘Our students really enjoyed the challenge and have been fully independent in their own research as part of a lunchtime club’
  • ‘We whittled down nearly 100 entries to our final selection…thank you for running the competition – our students have really enjoyed designing their sustainable communities’

We received hundreds of entries from 41 secondary schools which our competition partner, The Education Company, shortlisted down to a final 21 of highly commended planning ideas.

The award for Best Community Name went to “Atten-Borough” (Fernhill School) and to “Port Viridi” (Court Moor School).

Our annual competition allows young people to look at the environmental urban planning issues in their local area and to introduce them to the role of town planners as a potential career. It celebrates the power of change and how town planners are integral to developing new sustainable ideas for the places we live and work, and the competition task can be linked to many subjects:


Town World Town Planning Day was founded in 1949 to advance public and professional interest in planning, both locally and abroad.  Also known as World Urbanism Day, is a day to give special recognition to the ideals of community planning and sustainability. It is a day when planners from across the world celebrate achievements, and show citizens and decision makers how good planning is a key part of the solution.

Previous Winners

Each year, the competition is linked to World Town Planning Day, also known as World Urbanism Day, and asks students to take a closer look their local and wider environment and the many decisions that impact it.

In previous years the winners used our #PlanTheWorldWeNeed topic to focus on sustainable development.

In the video below, another previous winner re-imagined the city of Birmingham. They re-purposed existing infrastructure, created an environmentally friendly space which brought people of different cultures together.

Challenge for Change

We asked young people to work with town planning superhero Agent Plan-It on our 'challenge for change'.  Students wrote and drew lots of proposals on how to create better towns and communities, thinking differently about the environment, and how best to use our streets and parks, as well as the ways we learn, work and communicate.  We received hundreds of entries and with the assistance from RTPI Ambassadors and the RTPI President, the top twelve were chosen.

See Agent Plan-It announcing the winners and their clever ideas: