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Winchester City Council Local Plan Consultation submitted by Winchester City Council scooped the top prize at this year’s prestigious RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence.

Winchester City Council Local Plan Consultation represents a real planning success story, demonstrating excellence in local engagement as well and a real commitment to learning from the exercise and reaching as many stakeholders as possible.  This project leads the way for improved short-term as well as future consultation processes with excellent collaborative working, monitoring, review, and dissemination of results.  It demonstrates "real world" adaptability and effective use of new tools such as polls, software, and mobile applications.  We would highly recommend that you look at their work as an example of best practice for local plan consultations in your own areas.

Gareth Giles FRTPI, Chair of RTPI South East judging panel, said: “Winchester’s Local Plan Consultation project demonstrated excellence in engagement and a willingness to actively learn from, and improve its processes to reach as many people as possible.  It is a shining example of innovation in a pandemic context, as well as making use of new technological innovations.  Local authorities should look to this as an example of best practice for consultations in their own areas

Adrian Fox, Strategic Planning Manager, Wincheter City Council, said "The Strategic Planning Team at Winchester City Council were absolutely delighted to win two RTPI awards at the recent South East awards ceremony on the 18th November and the feedback that we received from judges.  Much of the ‘Your Place; Your Plan’ consultation programme was conducted during the height of the pandemic, which saw the team developing creative new ways to engage local communities virtually and creating a dedicated new Local Plan website https://www.localplan.winchester.gov.uk/  Having our professional organisation recognise all of the hard work that the team put into making the consultation a success is the icing on the cake and it has given the team a real boost.

Take a look at a video from the ceremony:

The RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence 2021 are kindly sponsored by Savills