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4 pupils announced winners of competition to make local community more sustainable

05 January 2017

Solar lighting, flood defences, regenerating derelict spaces and buildings, community gardens and greater use of technology were among the ideas put forward by the winners of the inaugural RTPI World Town Planning Day 2016 Schools Competition.

The competition was run in the lead up to World Town Planning Day 2016 to get pupils thinking about how to make their local area more sustainable. Entries offered creative solutions to address problems in the pupil's neighbourhood and a vision for their community in the years to come.

The winners were selected for their creative use of materials, innovative town planning ideas, clear explanation of why and how they would implement their changes, use of local data and awareness of sustainability issues.

The winners are (pictured below, left to right):

/WTPD2016Schools Competition Winners

Lucy Seymour-Bowdery, Trustee for Young Planners and Chair of the Judging Panel said:

“We were impressed with the creativity of entries across all the age ranges. This competition is a fantastic example of how we can engage with young people in town planning. We look forward to seeing a new generation of planners help to make better places in the future.”

The competition is a part of the RTPI’s ongoing engagement and outreach with children to encourage them to consider a career in town planning.