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The President's Special Award recognises long term outstanding achievement in planning. The award is made to a planning organisation, team, office, or individual to recognise their contribution to planning achievement. The award is made at the discretion of the President and is not necessarily given every year as it recognises exceptional achievements.

2020 winners

The 2020 winners of the President’s Special Award was the BAME Planners Network and The Neurodiversity in Planning Network, in recognition of "the leading role they played in support of equality, diversity and inclusivity within the profession”.  Outgoing President Sue Manns announced the award as part of her valedictory speech on 20th January 2021.

The full list of previous award winners is as follows:

  1. 2000: Birmingham City Council
  2. 2001: The Planning Inspectorate
  3. 2002: No Award
  4. 2003: The Town & Country Planning Association
  5. 2004: No Award
  6. 2005: No Award
  7. 2006: Planning Magazine
  8. 2007: The Accredited Planning Schools
  9. 2008: Planning Summer School
  10. 2009: The Active Members of the RTPI
  11. 2010: Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP)
  12. 2011: Northern Ireland Planning Service
  13. 2013/14: The Olympic Delivery Authority and The London Legacy Development Corporation
  14. 2014/15: Dublin Institute of Technology
  15. 2015/16: RTPI Young Planners
  16. 2017: No award
  17. 2018: National and regional volunteers
  18. 2019: London Borough of Waltham Forest
  19. 2020: BAME Planners Network and The Neurodiversity in Planning Network