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The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the longest running, best attended and most high-profile in the industry. The awards champion very best examples of planning and planners in our society.

Being shortlisted or winning these prestigious awards is a clear demonstration of the quality of your work. All shortlisted and winning entrants will be provided with an RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence logo, which can be used on your website, email, social media and promotional materials. We wish you the best of luck!


This award seeks out the brightest RTPI members in the early stages of their careers. Potential candidates can work in any area of the industry. We are looking for outstanding Scottish Young Planners who can demonstrate a contribution to planning or significant career achievements in recent years.

Entrants must be in the first 10 years of post-qualification experience and be a current member of the RTPI. A candidate can nominate themselves or they can also be nominated by an employer, colleague or peer.

How to enter

  1. Select your best your best achievements over recent years
  2. Create or log in to your account on our awards platform - this will allow you to log in and modify your entry at any time before you make your final submission (if you have previously entered the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence using our new online platform, you can use your previous login details)
  3. Familiarise yourself with the judging criteria - these can be viewed once adding each category to your basket
  4. Read our how to win guide
  5. Complete the entry form and choose up to five great images to showcase your work
  6. Send your entry by 11.59pm, 2 July 2021 - there is no fee to pay as these awards are completely free to enter

Please provide a 25 word and a 100 word overview of the entrant, written in the third person. These will be used for promotional purposes.

Please submit an 800 word submission outlining the experiences and achievements, particularly over recent years, which you feel qualifies the entrant to be named our Scottish Young Planner of the Year.

Entries may make reference to careers as a whole as well as any particular projects or pieces of work you wish to share with the judges. Please ensure the submission fully outlines how it meets the judging criteria.

The judges will be assessing the applications against the following criteria:

  • Understanding of planning policy and the planning system they are working within
  • The range, quality and variety of recent planning experience and achievements
  • Their enthusiasm and originality of approach
  • Their personal and team working skills
  • Their commitment to continuing professional development and involvement with professional institutes, networks, events, outreach work or relevant voluntary activity. With particular reference to the RTPI
  • The extent to which they serve as a role model for other young professionals

Judging process

The awards are judged by a team of respected planning professionals. The judges will review all entries received and determine a shortlist of entrants. Profiles of the shortlisted entrants will be taken from this entry form will be published on our website.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited for an interview with the judges. Interviews will take place either online or face to face in line with current regulations.

Awards ceremony
The winners of the RTPI Scottish Young Planners Network Young Planner of the Year Award will be announced at during our summer social to be held later in the autumn.

RTPI Planning for Excellence Awards
The RTPI Scottish Young Planners Network Young Planner will also be automatically entered into the nation Young Planner of the year awards for the following year.

Contact us
If you have any questions about entering the SYPN Young Planner of the year award, please contact us

Terms and Conditions

  • Full submissions must be received by the RTPI by 11.59pm, 2 July 2021.
  • Without both the entry form and images the submission will not be counted.
  • Word counts will be checked. A variation of up to 10% will be allowed, but anything beyond that will not be considered by the judges.
  • The RTPI are not responsible for any undelivered emails or late entries.
  • Should your submission be shortlisted, the entrant is required to attend the Awards Ceremony winter 2021, either virtually or in person.
  • The RTPI reserves the right to use any images and logos you submit for promotional purposes.
  • The RTPI reserves the right to share submissions with our member magazine The Planner.
  • The RTPI reserves the right to share submissions and entry forms with our judging panel.
  • An entry will presume that there are no restrictions or fees payable for the reproduction of the photographs or any other submission materials.
  • The RTPI retains permission to publish all submitted material and particulars of successful entries, including the judges’ reports. This may include online and print publication, and successful entrants may be offered other promotional opportunities. Winning and shortlisted entries may feature as case studies in future RTPI work demonstrating best practice and the value of planning.
  • Submitted material will be retained electronically by the RTPI.
  • The Royal Town Planning Institute is not liable for any costs you incur submitting this entry.
  • The decisions of the judging panel are final and no correspondence will be entered into before or after the event.


The RTPI Scotland Young Planner of the Year is kindly sponsored by Tetra Tech

We believe the RTPI Regional Awards play a key role in driving quality and ambition by recognising the hard work of professionals in the UK planning environment. We are thrilled to be able to expand our ongoing sponsorship of these awards under our new Tetra Tech brand. (Nick Stafford, Operations Manager, Tetra Tech)