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Local projects up for Britain's top planning prize

28 January 2011

More than 30 planning projects from across the UK are short listed for the prestigious RTPI Planning Awards being presented next Thursday.  

Possible winners could come from a 3,700 hectare wetland, seven city centre regeneration schemes and a strategy to control noise in Westminster.Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP

The Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government will present the Silver Jubilee Cup, the UK's top planning prize, to the overall winner at the awards which will take place at the London Hilton, Park Lane on Thursday 3rd February from 12.00pm.

The winning projects will be available to view at on Thursday 3rd February.

Richard Summers, RTPI President, said:

\"This year's entries are inspirational and celebrate the wide range of positive achievements of Britain's professional planners at the local and the wider than local levels.

\"Creating functional and attractive places where people want to live, work, play and visit is what planning is all about. This year's awards are shining examples of how this is being done exceptionally well and I hope they will inspire a whole new generation of planners.\"

There are 11 categories but one overall winner of the Silver Jubilee Cup. The judges have made  awards and also commendations where appropriate.

The categories are:

  •     Sustainable Communities
  •     City and Metropolitan Areas
  •     Local Regeneration and Renewal
  •     Rural Areas and the Natural Environment
  •     Heritage
  •     Planning Process
  •      E-Government
  •     Public Realm
  •     Spatial Strategies
  •     Equality and Diversity
  •     Others

The short listed entries are:


\"Bermondsey Spa Regeneration\" - Levitt Bernstein Associates.\"Decentralised Energy Masterplanning\" – Arup.
\"Regeneration in Regent's Place and Public Spaces at Regents Place\" – The British Land Company.
\"The Regent Street Vision\" - The Crown Estate.\"Stratford City Consultative Access Group and Design Review Panels\" - Olympic Delivery Authority Planning Decisions Team.
\"Working with the public through IT\" - City of London Planning & Transportation Department.
\"EC1 Public Spaces: Building a Lasting Legacy\" - Islington Council.
\"Aylesbury Area Action Plan, 2010\" - London Borough of Southwark.
\"The Westminster Noise Strategy\" - Westminster City Council.

North East

\"Bensham and Saltwell Block Improvement\" - Gateshead Council.

South East
\"Art at the Centre, Slough's New High Street\" - Slough Borough Council.
\"Brentwood Renaissance and the Essex Design Legacy: Exemplar Programme\" - Essex County Council.
\"Dover District Council Core Strategy Development Plan Document\" - Dover District Council. \"Bradbury Court, East Clayton Farm\" - Lee Evans Partnership LLP.

South West

\"Boscombe Spa Village Regeneration Scheme\" - Bournemouth Borough Council.
\"Clay Country Vision\" - Terence O'Rourke in association with Orascom Development, Imrys Minerals Ltd, the Eden Project and Cornwall Council.
\"Chard Regeneration Framework, South Somerset\" - South Somerset District Council and LDA Design.
\"Hinckley Point Planning Performance Agreement\" -  Somerset County Council.

West Midlands

\"Blist's Hill, Ironbridge - Nash Partnership.
"The Advantage West Midlands Landfill Diversion Strategy\" -  Advantage West Midlands.


\"Whitelee Windfarm, Eaglesham Moor, Glasgow\" - Scottish Power Renewables.


\"Welsh seascapes and their sensitivity to offshore developments\" - White Consultants.


\"University of York Heslington East Campus Design Brief and Masterplan\" - O'Neill Associates.
\"Kingston Mills, Bradford-on-Avon\" - Nash Partnership.

East Midlands

\"Corby Regeneration Framework\" - AECOM Design + Planning.
\"Sport England's Facility Improvement Service – Cannock Chase Council, Staffordshire\" - Sport England.
\"Kettering Market Place\" – Savills.

East of England

\"The Great Fen, Huntingdonshire\" - Great Fen Project Partners.

Non-area specific

\"Shaping Neighbourhoods – for local health and global sustainability\" - University of the West of England.
\"The Planning and Climate Change Coalition\" - TCPA and Friends of the Earth.
\"Good Practice Guidelines: Delivering Travel Plans through the Planning Process\" - Addison & Associates.

More information on all the shortlisted entries can be found here.