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Local Planning Authority of the Year

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning
Formed in 2018, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning (GCSP) serves as the planning authority for Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, handling around 6,000 applications yearly. Prioritising innovation, the team aims for sustainable and inclusive services, redesigning processes and enhancing digital experiences. Involved in prestigious projects, including world-class campuses and strategic planning, GCSP also nurtures talent through internal promotions and apprenticeships. Positioned at the forefront of government focus, Greater Cambridge stands ready for significant transformations, leading the charge in shaping the region's development landscape.


Hertsmere Borough Council

Hertsmere is one of ten district authorities in Hertfordshire. Located on the very edge of London, it is a largely rural district with 80 per cent designated as Green Belt around the four main settlements of Borehamwood, Bushey, Potters Bar and Radlett. The district is well connected with two mainline railway services into London as well as direct access to the M1, A1(M) and M25. Hertsmere is the home for creative industries including Elstree Studios, BBC Elstree and Sky Studios Elstree. It also has Elstree Aerodrome, bio-tech companies, and other key sectors that support the local and wider economy.


Stevenage Borough Council

Stevenage DM planning team is a shining example of best practice in Local Government. Every single member of the team is thoroughly competent, dedicated and hard-working, and displays a consistently positive attitude towards proposals and solving the issues that arise. The culture is one where the highest standards are treated as ordinary and great pride is taken in getting things right. All the while, despite limited resources and high workloads, morale is high and there is a sense of feeling sincerely valued by the most senior officers of the Council, where success is always recognised.