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Wales Planning Award 2017

The 2017 Wales Planning Award was announced at the RTPI Cymru Annual Dinner on 17th November in Cardiff.

Details of the shortlisted schemes for 2017 are detailed in the Awards Brochure.

Winner - Rhyl High School

Submitted by AHR

Rhyl High SchoolThis project is not just about providing a replacement fit for purpose building for the High School and co locating it with the nearby SEN School but is also about improving the pupils' life chances and generating confidence within the local community about its future.

The judges were very impressed with the nature and extent of the consultation process and its results in terms of engaging a community that historically has felt marginalized and overlooked. The process has ensured community ownership of the building and together with its well thought through design achieves its aim of providing a place of inspiration, which reinforces the key message that learning improves confidence and helps transform lives.

Highly Commended - Caeau Mynydd Mawr Special Area of Conservation-Supplementary Planning Guidance and Marsh Fritillary Project

Submitted by Carmarthenshire County Council Planning Services , Rural Conservation Section

Carmarthenshire winnersThis scheme has produced a planner led, but multi disciplinary creative solution to dealing with a major area of local conflict that was impacting on the soundness and therefore the progress of the LDP process. The conflict, for which there is no national guidance for dealing with such situations, had arisen from the need to address fundamental and conflicting demands within the same geographical area, namely successful economic development to support a strategic economic growth area, and the protection and enhancement of the area's biodiversity including designated habitats and EU protected species.

The panel consider the project to be an exemplar use of planning mechanisms with proven positive outcomes, it is also transferable as its methodology could be applied elsewhere where similar conflicts arise.

Commended - Vibrant and Viable Places- Connecting Commercial Street

Submitted by Newport City Council

Newport winnersThis was a planner led regeneration project to tackle an area that has suffered from significant long term decline with property abandonment, poor or no maintenance of buildings, substandard housing and a general atmosphere of dereliction. The physical improvements achieved in conjunction with the re use and revitalization of underused or empty properties has been significant within a small area and hopefully will provide a good platform of improvements upon which further schemes can build.

The judging panel comprised of Jan Tyrer, Llinos Quelch and Emma Langmaid. RTPI Cymru is very grateful for their hard work in judging the entries.

The 2017 Wales Planning Award is sponsored by Arup.