RTPI President Ian Tant was present at the UK Government Pavilion at the international property event MIPIM in Cannes today to announce the five places chosen to take part in a programme that recognises and supports high quality place-making in England.
The Future Place programme is an initiative run by the RTPI, Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Institute of Housing and Local Government Association.
The five ‘Future Places’ selected as exemplars based on their overarching place-making visions, ambition and innovative approaches, are:
- Bradford (City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council)
- Greater Exeter (Exeter City Council, East Devon District Council, Mid Devon District Council and Teignbridge District Council)
- Great Yarmouth (Great Yarmouth Borough Council)
- Gateshead (Gateshead Council)
- North Northamptonshire (Northamptonshire County Council, Corby Borough Council, East Northamptonshire Council, Kettering Borough Council and Borough Council of Wellingborough)
Ian Tant, who is at MIPIM with RTPI Chief Executive Victoria Hills to promote UK planning expertise to global investors, said:
“It is important that we celebrate planners’ creativity and vision in place-making, as well as the innovative and practical ways that many councils are using to foster the strategic collaborations essential to creating successful places.
“The five chosen Future Places show that strong, experienced local planning leadership makes all the difference to delivering places that thrive and work for people. That’s why we’re supporting this programme to further boost leadership development.”
RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said:
“Local Authorities play a vital role in creating happy, healthy and sustainable communities, and I am pleased to support their initiative, investing in public engagement and collaborative planning to design the best possible environments.”
CIH President Jim Strang said:
“Local authorities play an absolutely vital role in helping to create thriving communities that are great places to live and work, and crucially in providing genuinely affordable housing. Congratulations to all of our Futures Places – we look forward to supporting them and following their progress with interest.”
LGA housing spokesman Cllr Martin Tett said:
“Councils play a critical role in setting the vision and shaping the delivery of high-quality places where people want to live, work and enjoy their time. The five selected Future Places are demonstrating commitment through local leadership and collaboration to deliver meaningful change for their places.”
John Acres, RTPI Past President, was among those on the Future Place judging panel.
The five selected places will now take part in a programme to develop visions for their areas, with training and expert advice from each of the project partners.
Read here for more information on the Future Place programme.