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Knepp Wilding Kitchen & Shop entered by Rural Planning Group & Horsham District Council

The Wilding Kitchen and Shop is a rural redevelopment project that transformed a redundant historic farmsted in West Sussex into the public facing outlet and visitor centre for the Knepp Estate’s pioneering rewilding project. The project followed a ‘re-purposing’ concept which included the restoration, remodelling and refurbishment of existing structures on site. This was very much aligned with local identity of the Knepp Estate’s own repurposing journey from giving up conventional farming and embarking on rewilding. The development operates on renewable technology, is water neutral, and has designed wildlife into the fabric of the buildings and public spaces.

Brighton 3Ts – Louisa Martindale Building entered by BDP and University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

BDP’s planning strategy adopts a long-term approach to deliver a state-of-the-art Major Trauma Centre, secure future estate redevelopment and decarbonisation, and enable significantly upgraded healthcare in Sussex and beyond. Comprehensive public, stakeholder and clinical engagement since 2009 has led to the achievement of full planning consent in 2012, enabling the Louisa Martindale Building to open its doors in 2023 as the significant first step in delivering the wider 3Ts scheme. The delivered hospital provides 316 beds, 28 wards and departments, a helicopter landing pad, an enhanced ‘front door’ to the wider hospital estate, and enhanced public and green space.

Glebe Farm School entered by Smith Jenkins Planning & Heritage

Glebe Farm School opened in September 2022 and is the first fossil-fuel free school in Milton Keynes, supporting Milton Keynes City Council’s target to be carbon neutral by 2030. The school came forward on an allocated site as part of a wider masterplan for Glebe Farm, a sustainable urban extension to the south-east of Milton Keynes. The school provides education for over 1,500 pupils from Nursery to Year 11 and provides a range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities also benefitted by the local community. The school showcases sustainable development practices and is a symbol to future of Milton Keynes.

Lower Mill Apartments, Ewell entered by Gillings Planning

Birchgrove's Lower Mill development comprises of 53 self-contained, high-quality, assisted-living retirement apartments, designed and built with the health and wellbeing of its residents in mind, to provide safe and secure homes for the ageing population in Ewell.

Through early engagement and a collaborative approach with stakeholders (including both the LPA and local residents) across the five-years of our involvement, Gillings Planning has steered successful design evolution and ultimately the delivery of a housing scheme for older people that respects the site and its heritage context, and makes a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of the community and neighbourhood.