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West Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence

The West Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence continue to recognise and highlight the positive contribution planning professionals make in the communities we serve around the world. 

Congratulations to the West Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence winners 2024 who were announced at the Summer Ball and Awards event on Friday 21 June at Millennium Point.


  • Best Project – Luston Wetland and submitted by Phosphate Credit Trading Scheme - Herefordshire Council
  • Young Planner of the Year – Frances Keenan 
  • Planning Authority of the Year – Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council 
  • Chair’s Award – Trentham Estate - Beaver Project and submitted by Turley 





A stepping stone to our national celebration 

These winners become national finalists except for Young Planner of the Year who will be judged by the national judges in September. The top five will become Young Planner of the Year national finalists.  

All the shortlisted entries from the project categories* will be judged for the national finalist list. The remaining five direct to national categories** are also judged to complete the national finalist list of a total of 15 categories.  

The national finalists will be announced on 16 October and the winners will be announced and celebrated on 26 November 2024 in London at the national ceremony. Details will be announced here. 







*Project categories: 

  • Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy 
  • Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing  
  • Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture  
  • Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment  
  • Excellence in Planning for Communities (small schemes under 50 homes) 
  • Excellence in Planning for Communities (large schemes of 50 homes or more)  


**Direct to national categories: 

  • Excellence in Digital Planning Practice 
  • International Award for Planning Excellence 
  • In-house Planning Team of the Year 
  • Planning Consultancy of the Year 
  • Inspirational Leader of the Year 


Thank you to our volunteer judges for all of the hard work and time they took in judging and choosing our winners.


Head judge - Maria Dunn - Birmingham City Council 

Professor Claudia Carter - Birmingham City University 

David Green - Delta Planning

Kelly Harris - South Staffordshire Council 

Steve Hill - Hyas Associates 

Luke Hillson - Marrons 

Joshua Singh - Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council 


For more information  

If you have any questions, please visit the awards hub or contact Heidi Smith [email protected] 

All the photos from the evening can be found here 


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WM Summer Ball and Awards Sponsors 2024

Thank you to our generous sponsors for all your support.  

No5 Barristers Chambers’ - Headline Sponsor

No5 Barristers Chambers’

Aeolus Air Quality Consulting (AAQC)

Category Sponsor - Planning Authority of the Year

Tetra Tech – Category Sponsor - Best Project

Tetra Tech

Waterman Aspen – Category Sponsor - Chairs Award

Waterman Aspen

Delta Planning – Category Sponsor - Young Planner of the Year

Delta Planning