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Bradford wins top planning prize

24 July 2015

Bradford Council's recently revised Saltaire Management Plan has won the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Yorkshire Region Planning Excellence Award for 2015.

The award presentation was made at Leeds Civic Hall and is given for “Excellence in a project which shows originality, regional significance and leadership.”

BradfordBradford’s entry was judged on issues such as sustainable development, good practice, community involvement and planning content. The Plan was approved by Bradford Council’s Executive Committee in December 2014 and by the Government and UNESCO earlier this year. The council is working towards all the Plan’s projects and goals for improvements for Saltaire in the short-term and up to 30 years ahead.

Bradford WinnerJennifer Winyard, Chair, RTPI Yorkshire, said: "I would like to warmly congratulate Bradford Council on winning the RTPI Yorkshire Planning Excellence Award 2015 for the Management Plan for the world heritage site of Saltaire. The judges’ consideration that the Plan balances international heritage protection with benefits for regional tourism, local businesses and residents, is one with which I fully concur."

Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), said:

“Many congratulations to the Saltaire World Heritage Site.  I was also able to visit Bradford this week to see for myself the imaginative planning that is transforming major areas of the town.  I was very impressed with the enormous work undertaken by the planning department and by the scope of the ambition of the council. Bradford is an impressive example of a town which has a determined approach to regeneration and to improvements to the city centre and other areas.”

Janet is pictured above in Braford on Thursday with Assistant Director Planning, Transportation & Highways, Julian Jackson and RTPI member, Bhupinder Dev.

Val SlaterCllr Val Slater, Bradford Council’s Heritage Champion said: "The Saltaire World Heritage Site includes a dynamic modern community as well as hugely important historical site. Winning this award demonstrates the quality of the work being done to manage this prestigious World Heritage Site for the people of Saltaire, and visitors from near and far."

The Saltaire World Heritage Site includes a dynamic modern community as well as hugely important historical site. Winning this award demonstrates the quality of the work being done to manage this prestigious World Heritage Site for the people of Saltaire, and visitors from near and far.

During 2014 there was extensive consultation with residents, local businesses, planners, school children, over 68 local, regional and national organisations and many more individuals. There were local residents’ meetings, a drop-in exhibition, art-based consultation with local schools, media releases, website, online questionnaire, a locally based employee survey and stalls at local festivals. The resultant Plan effectively balances the local benefits of being a World Heritage site, regional tourism and international heritage protection.

RTPI Yorkshire Planning Excellence Awards 2015

The Panel assessed each entry against key submission criteria:

  • Sustainable development: What are the project’s short and long term benefits? How far does the submission address and balance economic, social and environmental improvements? 
  • Good practice: How is the project original in approach and could it be a model for work elsewhere or developed further? 
  • Community involvement: What is the degree to which local residents, businesses and other stakeholders have been involved and engaged in delivery of the project? How have their thoughts inputted into the final outcome? 
  • Planning content: What is the quality of the professional planning work involved in devising solutions to key issues and problems? What was the clear impact that the planners made to the success of the project? 
  • Equality and diversity: How far has the submission properly addressed equality and diversity issues in the context of the project?

 A scoring based system was used using the following scoring system  - 4 - excellent, 3 - good, 2 - average, 1 - below average and 0 – unsatisfactory.  Each criterion was weighted equally.

Awards photo: Duncan Lomax, Ravage Productions

View the Saltaire draft plan.