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PR 5 - Green projects flourish in short list for Top National Planning Prize

01 February 2008

The shortlist for the 2007 National Planning Awards highlight the number of UK wide projects that are dedicated to tackling climate change and that put sustainability at their heart. The wide range of projects shows how serious planners, developers and communities are about putting the environment first. The Event will take place on Thursday 7 February in the London Hilton from 12.00pm. Baroness Andrews, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, will present the Silver Jubilee Cup to the winner.

Mike Ash, chief awards judge said: \"When people ask what are planners doing to reduce CO2 emissions we can point to real, practical examples of how hard we are all working to tackle climate change. These awards recognise just how seriously planners take that challenge and the broad range of ways in which success can be achieved.\"

There are 12 categories but one overall winner of the Silver Jubilee Cup. The Judges have made both awards and commendations where appropriate.

The categories are:

• Sustainable Communities
• City and Metropolitan Areas
• Town Regeneration
• Renewed Neighbourhoods
• Rural Areas and the Natural Environment
• Heritage
• Planning Process
• E-Government
• Spatial Strategies
• Climate Change
• Arts Culture and Sport
• Equality or Diversity

Shortlisted Entries include:

East of England
• 2010 – A waste odyssey: development of a sustainable waste management park (Cambridgeshire County Council)
• Broads Authority Sustainability Guide (Broads Authority)
• Nene Waterfront, Wisbech (Fenland District Council)

East Midlands
• Northamptonshire's ECA & GI Suite (River Nene Regional Park Partnership)
• Sherwood Energy Village (Newark & Sherwood District Council)
• Upton Sustainable urban extension (English Partnerships and EDAW)

• DLR Langdon Park Station (Docklands Light Railway)
• Health and Urban Planning Toolkit (NHS London Healthy Urban Development Unit)
• London Borough of Barnet Primary Schools Capital Investment Programme – Planning Strategy (London Borough of Barnet)

North East
• Redcar & Cleveland Local Development Framework (Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council)

North West
• Ancoats Urban Village Virtual Model (New East Manchester Ltd. And ARUP)
• Castlefields Regeneration Programme (Halton Borough Council)
• Community Engagement in Area Action Plans (Burnley Borough Council)

South East
• Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands (Terence O'Rourke and DaimlerChrysler Retail (DCR) Ltd.)
• Rainham Marshes – flagship for a greener Thames Gateway (RSPB)
• The Brighton New England Quarter (Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd.)

South West
• Gloucester Regeneration Framework" (Terence O'Rourke)
• Tiverton Pannier Enhancement Scheme (Mid Devon District Council)
West Midlands
• Black Country Study (Black Country Consortium)
• Delivering Debut – Debut@Willians Green Rugby (Redrow Homes (Midlands) Ltd)
• Lightmoor Village, Telford, Shropshire (Tibbalds)

Yorkshire and Humber
• Hungate, York - Mixed Use Development (John Thompson & Partners)
• Sheffield City Council- HMR Developer Manual (Sheffield City Council)
• Sheffield's Gold Route (Sheffield City Council)

• Glasgow International Financial Services District (Glasgow City Council)
• Isle of Gigha Physical Masterplan and Design Guides

Non-area specific:
• Building a Better Environment – a Guide for Developers (Environment Agency)
• Celebrating 30 Years of Planning for Real (Neighbourhoods Initiatives Foundation)
• Concept Statements Delivering Sustainable Development (Natural England and The Planning Cooperative)
• English Heritage training programme (English Heritage)
• Marine Spatial Strategies (Terence O'Rourke Ltd)
• Sport England - Active Design (David Lock Associates)


For further information please contact:

Press details: Andrew Kliman, RTPI Communications Manager: 0207 929 9479

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

Editors Notes:

1. The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. Through our 20,000 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

2. The Event will take place at:
The London Hilton on Park Lane on 7 February 2008 from 12.00pm.