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The RTPI East of England Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate outstanding projects that demonstrate the power of planning in our region. Entries reflect the diversity of planning achievement, whether in urban or rural areas, large or small in scale, involving new development, regeneration or conservation.

We were fortunate to have a good number of entries for this year's awards and they were all of a very high standard. We are grateful for the work of our 5 judges in carefully assessing each of the entries and arriving at the seven shortlisted schemes that we celebrated on the evening of our awards. The five judges were: Adam Banham, Libby Hindle, Bethany Jones, Chris Maidment and Jake Nugent.


Congratulations to our 2019 winners


Bidwells Winners

New Cambridge Mosque

Entered by

Bidwells LLP, Cambridge Mosque Trust, Marks Barfield Architects and Cambridge City Council

The stakeholder engagement process for the first purpose-built mosque for Cambridge represents a pinnacle of public involvement, learning and understanding for planning professionals. 

Public involvement and pre and application phases was taken to a new significant level of communication by Cambridge Mosque Trust, Bidwells Planning, Marks Barfield Architects and Cambridge City Council.  So significant was the openness of the process and exchange of information local commentators expressed this fact.  One well known community leader commented that "Bidwells has surpassed itself for public involvement – it will be a hard act to follow".

David Potter, convenor of the judging panel,said: 'This is an excellent example of the development of an impressive community facility. The final innovative design followed extensive planning and public consultation. Careful construction on site and attention to landscaping and other details have resulted in a building that will become a cultural and physical landmark in the area.'


 The Judging Panel thought that a HIGHLY COMMENDED award should go to:

Marmalade Lane Co-housing project, Cambridge. Submitted by TOWN

Marmalade Lane is a cohousing development of 42 houses and apartments, collaboratively planned and designed by an integrated team including future residents, architects and developers.

An inspirational approach to housing where the residents jointly manage their living environment together, a great example for other local authorities to consider.

Stradbroke Neighbourhood Plan. Submitted by Stradbroke Parish Council, AECOM and Navigus Planning

The Stradbroke Neighbourhood Plan (SNP)1 represents a positive vision for rural growth, achieved through collaborative community-led planning and robust technical assessment, focussed on sustainability and deliverability.

This plan highlights the important role that neighbourhood planning can play, combining community engagement with professional planning expertise.


Shortlisted Results

The judging panel met to discuss and shortlist the 7 entries submitted for the Regional Awards for Planning Excellence.

We would like to congratulate the following schemes who have been shortlisted.

  • Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Corridor Future Planning Options for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), Submitted by 5th Studio
  • Former Royal Mail Sorting Office, Chelmsford  Submitted by Strutt & Parker
  • New Cambridge Mosque, Submitted by Bidwells LLP
  • Essex Design Guide, Submitted by Essex Planning Officers' Association
  • Beaulieu, Chelmsford, Submitted by Countryside Properties
  • Marmalade Lane Cohousing, Submitted by TOWN
  • Stradbroke Neighbourhood Plan 2016 – 2036 (Stradbroke Parish Council, March 2019), Submitted by Stradbroke Parish Council, AECOM and Navigus Planning

The winner will be announced at our Annual Awards and Gala Dinner on 27 September 2019 at The University Arms, Cambridge. Book Tickets here

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