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Local Planning Authority of the Year

Dorset Council

Dorset Council is one of the largest authorities in the country and came into existence on 1 April 2019. The planning service has combined 6 former authorities into one and is on a journey to create a new way of working that reflects the geography of the young Authority, in effect to deliver the best outcomes needed for a sustainable future which address the critical climate and ecological challenges, build resilient places that can adapt to climate change, and meet the pressing needs of society. The Planning and Transformation Project aims to create the framework to realise this.  

Image: Image of Discovery workshop for planning convergence and transformation project

Mid Devon District Council

The planning team at Mid Devon are a family of inspiring people that work hard to look out for each other as well as ensure delivery of an outstanding customer service. The team deserves recognition being a service that delivers on passion, creativity, inclusivity and heart. The team have come so far over the last few years and are now one of the top performing Local Planning Authorities in the South West and consistently deliver on target. With health and wellbeing a top priority, this team is a beacon of light in leading the way for the future.  

Image credit: Angharad Williams, Mid Devon DC




South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire is a fast paced forward-thinking Authority always striving to improve and develop. They act on feedback to achieve positive change and enhancements. The Authority recently determined one of the largest planning applications in the South West, the redevelopment of the former Filton Airfield working with YTL to deliver 6,500 dwellings. Team South Glos work together to deliver the right homes in the right places with the environment at the heart of all decisions. The team are excited about the future and their ability to continually improve the district for our residents, visitors and guests.

Image credit: Karen Lucas, South Gloucestershire Council