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West Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence

Celebrating Planning Excellence 

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The RTPI West Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence 2024 showcase and celebrate the best plans, people and projects. Entries will open on 15 January. 

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

We have streamlined our award entry process, so you simply: 

  • Select your best work completed between 2022 and 2023. For Young Planners, choose your best achievements over recent years. 
  • Choose the best category to showcase your work. 
  • Create your account on our entry platform. Don’t worry, you can edit your entry at any time. 
  • Familiarise yourself with the judging criteria. 
  • Read our 'How to win’ guide for handy hints and tips on how to draft a strong entry. Attend our ‘How to win’ webinar on 30 January. 
  • Complete and submit your entry along with some great images. 

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




West Midlands Chair's Award 

This year The RTPI WM Chair, Victoria Lane, would like to dedicate the Chair's Award to an authority or development that has successfully incorporated green and blue spaces into communities with the aim of improving mental and physical health. 

This award is not entered or judged through our awards process, but chosen locally by the regional chair and presented at the same time as the regional awards ceremony.

Nominate a planner or development initiative with up to 300 words of why they should be recognised. The nominee must be a member of the RTPI (in any membership grade). [email protected]

The closing date for entries is 15 March 2024. 

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Why should you enter?

  1. We champion the power of planning and are the only awards dedicated solely to the planning discipline. 
  2. We help you to shine a spotlight on your organisation and your achievements. We make it easy for you to make the most of the promotional opportunities that being part of our awards provides. 
  3. Entering an award helps boost staff morale. The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence recognise how your people, teams and plans contribute and make a real difference to communities. 
  4. We help you to demonstrate how far your business has come. 

Click to see more on our West Midlands region winners. 

“Becoming West Midlands RTPI Young Planner of the Year 2023 and National Young Planner of the Year 2023 has opened up incredible doors, even in the first few months for both me personally, and also my wider Planning Team at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. I encourage all our RTPI members to get involved in the awards process as it gives everyone an opportunity to reflect, celebrate and award the very best of our profession on a regional and national level – West Midlands RTPI also has the best awards dinner and dance! So get ready for what this year may bring if you enter the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2024”

Joshua Singh
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Young Planner of the Year 2023


Key dates 2024 

  • 15 January - RTPI West Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence open for entries 
  • 15 March at 11.59pm - Entry deadline 
  • April/early May - West Midlands judges site visits and/or presentations 
  • 20 May - West Midlands shortlist announced 
  • 25 June - Announcing the winners in the West Midlands region at the West Midlands Summer Ball and Awards on Friday 21st June at Millennium Point in Birmingham. More information to follow in due course. 
  • 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 West Midlands 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 West Midlands Summer Ball and Awards event will be held on Friday 21st June at Millennium Point in Birmingham. More information to follow in due course. Please save the date and we will provide further information nearer the time. 

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Category Sponsor - Delta Planning 

Delta Planning is a Birmingham based independent town planning consultancy operating across a range of sectors, with a particular track record in Industrial/Logistics, Residential and Education projects. We have an impressive track record of managing complex major planning applications including EIAs, together with the successful promotion of strategic land. Delta Planning provides a client focussed and highly personalised consultancy service, combined with integrity, care and professionalism at all times. This results in a strong culture of collaborative working with our clients and design team partners and as a result we are well known as a trusted partner to work with.

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 West Midlands Regional Coordinator. for more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities. 


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