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Short-listed projects vie for Britiain's top National Planning prize

02 June 2009

The short-list, announced today for the 2009 Royal Town Planning Institute National Planning Awards, highlight the sheer diversity of the work of British planners in our towns and cities.

Projects with a chance of winning the planning sector's top accolade range from ground-breaking urban regeneration schemes such as Victoria Square in Belfast, to the extension of the Docklands Light Railway, and far-reaching spatial strategies such as Birmingham's \"Big City Plan.\"

The quality and range of these exciting entries show how serious planners, developers and communities are about improving the places where we live, work and relax- and in difficult economic times show what can be achieved when vision, drive and good planning come together.

Sue Percy, Director of Professional Services at the RTPI said: \"Good planning is all about making places that inspire and uplift the soul and this year's short listed projects for the RTPI National Planning Awards do just that. In these difficult economic times, it's great to see planners, local authorities, architects and developers all working together to make our towns and cities better places to enjoy and live and work in.\"

Good planning is all about making places that inspire and uplift the soul...

A total of 94 entries were received this year covering all categories, and the 32 finalists will over the next few months be visited by the Award's judging panel, consisting of Kay Powell, (Secretary of the National Planning Forum) and Chair of the Judges, Gareth Pryce, (Vice President of the Planning Summer School) and Professor Chris Couch of Liverpool John Moores University.

Kay Powell, chair of the judging panel, commented: \"The RTPI Awards shortlist was drawn from 94 entries, all of which illustrated a range of achievement and good practice. The Panel had a hard task homing in on the most innovative examples for visits and presentations over the summer and early autumn. If you made the shortlist, well done! If not, do carry on aiming for excellence!\"

The winners will be announced at a special awards lunch to be held at the London Hilton on 4 February 2010. (For details please contact Melanie Sawbridge at

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

Short listed Entries include:

• \"Woolwich Arsenal Extension\" - Docklands Light Railway
• \"London Rivers Action Plan\" - Environment Agency
• \"London Brownfield Sites Review (Stage 2)\" – Arup for LDA and HCA
• \"Fen Court Project, Cheapside Strategy, Shoe Lane Quarter Project\" - City of London
• \"Mill Hill East Area Action Plan\" - London Borough of Barnet
• \"Sustainable Design and Construction SPD\" - London Borough of Southwark

North East
• \"Eldon Square Shopping Centre – Phase 1 Redevelopment, Newcastle" - Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners
• "Castle Howard Conservation Management Plan and Development Framework\" - Castle Howard Estate

North West
• \"Covered Market Hall Restoration Project, Stockport\" - Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
• \"Barnsley Education Sites DPD\" - Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
• \"100 Years of Planning Achievement\" - University of Liverpool Department of Civic Design

South East
• \"One Brighton\" - Brighton & Hove City Council
• \"Ringing the Changes – the Ashford Ring Road Project\" - Kent County Council
• \"Dorney Rowing Lake, Eton\" - Capita Lovejoy
• \"Cobham Ashenbank Management Scheme\" - Gravesham Borough Council
• \"Royal Clarence Yard, Gosport" - John Thompson & Partners
• \"Solent Waterfront Strategy\" - Adams Hendry Consulting Ltd
• \"Brighton & Hove Urban Characterisation Study\" - Brighton & Hove City Council

South West
• \"Cabot Circus, Bristol" - Land Securities
• \"Radstock Rail Lands\" - LDA Design

West Midlands
• \"Birmingham Big City Plan\" - Urban Initiatives and Birmingham City Council

• \"Gardyne's Lane, Dundee\" - Dundee City Council
• \"Integrated Habitat Network Modelling as a Planning Tool\" - Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership

Northern Ireland
• "Victoria Square Regeneration Project, Belfast\" – BDP
• \"Streamlined Consultation Scheme, Northern Ireland\" - Planning Service Northern Ireland

• \"St. Davids Gateway and Oriel y Parc Gallery Scheme\" - Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
• \"Ceredigion Coast Path, West Wales\" - Ceredigion County Council

Non-area specific:
• \"\"- Nick Wates Associates
• \"Householder Appeals Service\" – The Planning Inspectorate
• \"Moving Green Roofs into the Mainstream\" - Environment Agency
• \"Inclusive Design Strategy and Standards\" - Olympic Delivery Authority
• \"A Benchmark for the Spatial Planning Function 2008\" - Addison & Associates