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Young Planner of the Year Winner

Matthew Harmsworth

Matthew’s experience across a range of local authority, developer, and consultancy roles, as well as his broad education and qualifications, provides him with a unique understanding of planning and the roles within each area of the profession. He has a wide array of project experience in major and minor schemes, developing unique design and planning initiatives in the process.

His leadership of the Neurodiversity in Planning Network and this topic area has collaboratively transcended organisational boundaries to improve awareness, practices and design. 

His eagerness to mentor and be mentored demonstrates he has no limits to self-development, making him an exemplary leader and role model.

Judges‘ comment: "Matthew is a dedicated professional making a remarkable impact in the field of planning. His dedication to understanding and promoting neurodiversity is truly inspiring. Not only does he excel in his day-to-day role, but he also actively drives his unique experiences into the planning system, significantly contributing to social justice. With a strong portfolio of projects and an unwavering passion for his work, Matthew is a true asset to his clients, employer, and colleagues. His commendable efforts in promoting planning for neurodiversity demonstrate his commitment to positively impacting our region and beyond. Matthew's story is one of passion, dedication, and a relentless drive to create positive change through planning".


Young Planner of the Year Commended

James Angus

James is a Planning Manager for Cala Homes, specialising in residential-led schemes. James strives to develop himself, achieving a Distinction in MSc Spatial Planning from The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL and a Level 3  in Principles of Management and Leadership from the CMI, with a distinction awarded. 

He’s been integral to several key projects for Cala, including securing planning permission for the company’s first net-zero carbon-ready home that features a range of climate-conscious measures.

James has developed an intricate understanding of the planning system driven by his desire to deliver excellent planning results and sustainable developments.

Judges‘ comment: "James has made a great start to his planning career and has shown impressive progression to Planning Manager. James has been involved in significant projects and has provided valuable support to junior staff members. He advocates for the profession and demonstrates a clear commitment to low-carbon planning and sustainable living. Thank you, James, for your exemplary work in the field of planning. Your dedication and passion for sustainable living and climate change are truly inspiring. We look forward to seeing your continued success and contributions to the planning profession".


Kindly sponsored by Vistry Group