An example of how early engagement with the local planning authority and a community-minded approach can deliver well-designed sustainable places.
The Depot, a community cinema, cafe, restaurant and multifunctional space in Lewes, turns a dilapidated functional building in a strategic location into a valuable and sustainable asset for the community.
- Pre-application engagement should be meaningful and involve specialists from the onset, so that positive changes can be applied to the proposal at an early stage, improving the outcome and supporting a quicker permission process.
- A focus should be placed on creating benefits for the community, with a sustained engagement effort throughout the application process to develop support, create a sense of ownership, and achieve good place-making.
- “Think green”: local authorities should not be afraid to put forward creative and clean mobility solutions when responding to highway objections.
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The 2018 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence Judges Panel
Sue Percy CBE MRTPI, chair of the judging panel and Chief Executive of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
Robert Senior, Director of Lewes Community Screen