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Leicestershire housing development wins major regional planning award

27 September 2019

Blaby District Council’s New Lubbesthorpe development has been declared as the overall project winner at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) East Midlands Regional Awards for 2019.

The New Lubbesthorpe site, which lies between Leicester Forest East and Enderby, will deliver 4,250 houses including 873 affordable homes.

Blaby DC

Members of Blaby District Council's planning team celebrate their victory at the RTPI East Midlands Planning Awards 2019

It will also feature a strategic employment centre creating thousands of jobs, three schools, significant strategic highway improvements, health and leisure facilities and over 320 hectares of green infrastructure.

The award was announced at a ceremony last night at the Roundhouse in Derby, attended by over 100 planning professionals from across the East Midlands.

Chairman of the judging panel was Chris Jesson MRTPI, Associate Town Planner at Planning and Design Group and Vice-Chair of RTPI East Midlands.

Chris said: “Every element of the New Lubbesthorpe scheme appears to have been given due thought and care to ensure consistently good standards and a happy, fulfilling place to live, work and enjoy.

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The New Lubbesthorpe development (credit: Drummond Estate/Mather Jamie)

“The site will deliver numerous community benefits at a pace of delivery that is to be applauded. It is clear that it will also go a long way towards promoting some of the key values of the RTPI – that is, delivering new communities in a way that is ethically and sustainably focused, promoting health and wellbeing, access to better homes, jobs and services and forecasting the impact of climate change.”

The event last night was the first in a series of regional ceremonies around the country recognising outstanding projects that demonstrate the power of planning in transforming communities.

The overall winners from each region go forward to compete in the RTPI’s prestigious national award ceremony, to be held in London on 30 April 2020.

Headline sponsors of the RTPI East Midlands Regional Awards 2019 were Planning and Design Group and Fisher German. Category sponsors were Mapmatic Measured Surveys, Ramm Sanderson, nineteen47 and Bidwells.


Category winners and highly commended entries at the RTPI East Midlands Regional Awards 2019 were:


Young Planner

Winner: Emily Anderson, Lincolnshire County Council


Local Authority Planning Team

Winner: Derbyshire County Council Planning Service


Small Planning Consultancy

Winner: nineteen47


Planning Consultancy

Highly commended: Marrons Planning

Winner: Fisher German


Plan Making

Highly commended: Mansfield District Council - Local Plan consultation

Winner: The Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Growth Partnership – The Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Growth Plan


Heritage and Culture

Highly commended: Planning and Design Practice – Redevelopment of the East site at John Smedley Mills

Winner: Spenbeck  -The Birkin Building


Deliver Homes

Winner: Blaby District Council – New Lubbesthorpe


Natural Environment

Winner: AECOM- North and East Melton Mowbray Distributor Road


Successful Economy

Highly commended: Ashfield District Council- ROMO

Winner: Leicester City Council – Friars Mill Fabric and Riverside Buildings