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RTPI President visits ‘inspiring’ regional award winner

09 April 2019

Royal Town Planning Institute President Ian Tant MRTPI has been given a tour of Victoria Park, the former home of Stoke City Football Club, as part of his recent visit to the West Midlands.

Victoria Park, now the site of 200 homes, won the region’s Award for Planning Excellence last year, 21 years after being acquired by St Modwen Homes.

Victoria Park

St Modwen worked extensively with the City Council to develop the site and also responded to wider community aspirations for the naturalisation of a culverted section of the River Trent, reconnection of the riverside walk and new school sports fields.

Ian Tant said: “It was a real privilege for me to have the opportunity to visit Victoria Park. It’s an inspiring example of what can happen when LPAs, developers and local communities work together to secure delivery. With its clear responses to local community design and cultural concerns, it’s a great example of place-making.”

As a regional award winner, Victoria Park has also been named as a finalist in the Excellence in Planning to Deliver Homes - Large Schemes category of the national RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2019, which take place on 24 April in London.

Laura Bisbey (St Modwen Homes ) And Sandy Taylor

l-r: Laura Bisbey from St Modwen Homes with Sandy Taylor (West Midlands Chair) and Ian Tant

Laura Bisbey, Senior Planning Manager at St Modwen Homes, gave Ian a tour of the site. She said: “We were thrilled to pick up the RTPI West Midlands Award for Planning Excellence for our Victoria Park development last year. We are transforming the former ground of Stoke City Football Club and are incredibly proud of everything we have achieved so far.

“We understand that the Victoria Ground is an important site for the people of Stoke-on-Trent, and continue to work hard to breathe new life into the community and the surrounding areas by changing this area of Stoke-on-Trent in a positive and meaningful way.

“We were extremely grateful to RTPI West Midlands for recognising this, and we are looking forward to attending the national RTPI Awards ceremony later this month.”

Also on Ian’s itinerary during his visit to the West Midlands was a reception with local young planners and a walking tour of Birmingham city centre led by Michael Beazley and Austin Barber from the University of Birmingham.

There are more photos from Ian’s visit to the West Midlands here