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South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Celebrating Planning Excellence 

Entries have now closed for the 2024 Awards.
The South West Chair's award remains open until 19 April. 

The RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2024 showcase and celebrate the best plans, people and projects. 

Our coveted awards recognise and highlight the positive contribution planning professionals make in the communities we serve around the world. 

There are 15 planning related categories in total and our RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.  See the  full list here. 




Click to see more on our previous South West region winners.

South West Chair's Award

This year the Chair would like to celebrate the unsung hero's in your planning teams.  If you are working with a planner in your team and would like them recognised for their work, initiative, innovation, motivation, going above and beyond, being a role model or even leading and delivering a great project for example then these are the planners we want to hear about. 

This award is not entered through our awards process, but chosen locally by the regional chair and presented at the same time as the regional awards ceremony. Get in touch to nominate a planner with up to 300 words of why they should be recognised. The nominee must be a member of the RTPI (in any membership grade). 

The closing date for the Chair's award is all award entries is 12 April 2024. 

Key dates 2024 

  • late April/early May - South West judges site visits and/or presentations 
  • 20 May - South West shortlist announced 
  • 25 June - Announcing the winners in the South West region at the South West Summer Reception
  • August/September - National awards judging 
  • Mid October - National finalists announced 
  • End November - National ceremony 

The judging process 

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence has 15 national award categories.  Entries in the South West are initially judged across 10 categories and awarded as: 

  • Best Plan 
  • Best Project 
  • Planning Authority of the Year 
  • Small Planning Consultancy of the Year 
  • Young Planner of the Year* 

These winners become national finalists. 

The shortlisted project entries are put through for judging in the national awards and will be judged against the others in their selected categories for the national finalist list. The remaining five direct to national categories are also judged to complete the national finalist list of 15 categories. The winners and commendations are announced at the national ceremony in November.  

*All Young Planner of the Year winners will be entered into the national shortlist and will be judged by the national judges and the top five will become national finalists. 

The RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence celebration event will be held in Taunton on the 25 June 2024. Please save the date and we will provide further information nearer the time. 





If you are interested to sponsor, please contact us. 

For more information 

For tips on how to win  visit here. 

If you have any questions, please visit the awards hub or contact South West Regional Coordinator. for more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities. 

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