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The winners of the RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 were announced on 22nd November 2018 at the historic Brighton Pavilion.

The overall winner was:

Bird Aware Solent

The Bird Aware Solent project sought to provide special protection for overwintering birds on the Solent coastline, following concerns by natural environment and bird experts about human disturbance to the wildlife, and the negative effects of further planned housing.

Led by a strategic partnership of 14 LPAs, four nature conservation bodies and a County Council, now known as Bird Aware Solent, the project delivered a comprehensive long-term strategy.  This has resulted in the protection of overwintering birds, whilst allowing continued residential development and open access to the coastline for visitors.  The Partnership - with the full backing of Natural England - is now promoting the 'Bird Aware approach' to other partnerships seeking special protection for wildlife.



Victoria Hills MRTPI, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute:

"The Bird Aware Solent project provided a crucial response to protecting the birds whilst enabling continued residential development and open access to the coastline for visitors. It is wonderful to celebrate the role that planners will continue to do in delivering prosperous places for both communities and wildlife alike."

The full list of winners from the RTPI South East Awards were:

Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture

Reading Abbey Quarter (Reading Borough Council)
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Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment

Bird Aware Solent (Bird Aware Solent)
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Excellence in Plan Making Practice

Petworth Neighbourhood Plan (South Downs National Park Authority and Petworth Town Council)
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Young Planner of the Year

Jeffrey Ng, Surrey County Council
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Commendations:

  • Southampton Tall Buildings Study (Southampton City Council, Boyle Summers, Forum Heritage Services, Historic England)
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