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PR 6i - Recognition of new planning agenda introduced at RTPI National Awards

06 February 2007

Sixteen projects have made the shortlist for the Royal Town Planning Institute's  (RTPI) Silver Jubilee Cup, the highest award for planning in the UK. Projects are entered into the Awards under specific category headings. The three categories of 'Climate Change', 'Community Planning' and 'Equality and Diversity' have been introduced to the awards for the first time. The winners will be announced by the RTPI at a ceremony in The London Hilton, Park Lane, on Thursday 8 February 2007.

The new categories of Climate Change and Community Planning: arts, culture and sport, were particularly well supported. Although entries in the Equality and Diversity category were not numerous the award winner demonstrates how planning can effectively attract more people of Black and Minority Ethnic origins. The RTPI Awards Judges said: \"It is rather a disgrace in these times of skill shortages that local authorities, consultancies and government departments are not availing themselves of permanent, indigenous BME talent because of supposed training budget constraints.\"

The entries under the Climate Change category were described by the Judges as 'particularly impressive' and demonstrated, 'the most innovative practices where planners are leading and coordinating this most important of agendas for change'. Many of the initiatives submitted were small steps, but gave power to individuals to effect actions, that together with similar actions by others, can really make a difference.

For further information please contact:

Event details: Judy Woollett, Awards and Events Officer, 0207 929 9473

General information: Andrew Kliman, Communications Manager, 0207 929 9479


 Notes to Editors

1. The event will take place at:

The London Hilton on Park Lane on 8 February 2007 from 12.00pm.

2. RTPI PLANNING AWARDS 2006 : Full list of finalists


In no particular order the finalists are:


    Regenerating Devonport\"

Submitted by: Matrix Partnership

•        "RobinHoodAirport, Doncaster, Sheffield"

Submitted by - Doncaster MBC

•        "From Vision to Reality : HullCity Centre Masterplan and HullCity Centre Area Action Plan"

Submitted by - Roger Tym & Partners, Hull City Council and Hull Citybuild

•        "Universities at Medway – Medway Campus"

Submitted by - NAI Fuller Peiser

•        "From special Landscape to Landscape Character, Derbyshire"

Submitted by - High Peak Borough Council

•        "Saltaire World Heritage Site : Environmental Capacity Study"

Submitted by :Atkins and CBMDC

•        "Scottish Water Solutions : successfully planning Scotland's largest building project"

Submitted by - Scottish Water Solutions

•        "Preparing the Regional Spatial Strategy for the North West -  Consultation Process"

Submitted by - North West Regional Assembly

•        "The Ascot Authority – The Redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse"

Submitted by - Turnberry Consulting Ltd

•        "London Borough of Merton Renewable Energy Policy"

Submitted by - Merton Council  

•        "Lamb Drove : Cambourne Sustainable Drainage Scheme"

Submitted by - Cambridgeshire County Council

•        "Green Roofs – Planning Advice Note 1"

Submitted by - London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

•        "Blacklaw Windfarm, CentralScotland : Habitat Management and Compliance Assessment"

Submitted by: West Lothian Council

•        "Brighton & HoveCity Construction & Demolition Waste SPD"

Submitted by - Brighton & HoveCity Council

•        "New Heart for Oxmoor – local people shaping their future"

Submitted by - Huntingdonshire District Council

    \"Path National Ltd – tomorrow's planners\"

Submitted by - Huntingdonshire District Council


3.  The RoyalTown Planning Institute (RTPI)

The RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. We understand that just as people develop places, so places develop people.  We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment, using spatial planning to manage competing pressures on our built environments and the very real effects on our space.  Through our members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.

As well as promoting spatial planning, RTPI develops and shapes policy affecting the built environment, works to raise professional standards and supports members through continuous education, training and development.


For further general information, visit the RTPI website at:

41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL, charity no. 262865