The winners of this year's RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence 2019 were announced on 21 November at the Spinnaker Tower. The winners were:
Regional Winner 2019:
Plan:MK (2016-2031) - Milton Keynes Local Plan and Evidence Base (Milton Keynes Council and AECOM)
Above: RTPI President Ian Tant (far left) and RTPI South East's Cian Cronin (far right) present the award to Heather Seale and Michael Moore
Milton Keynes Council adopted a new Local Plan (Plan:MK) and has refreshed two related Supplementary Planning Documents in a rapid timeframe, providing certainty for the local community and businesses. A 12-week turnaround time from the end of Regulation 18 to Regulation 19 ensured that the plan was submitted in March 2018, with the plan being adopted one year later having been found sound. This was achieved by working in close partnership with consultants AECOM and utilising an MKC project manager responsible for all stakeholder engagement. The approach led to cross-party approval of the plan by Full Council, few objectors at examination and no significant concerns raised by the Planning Inspectorate.
Sue Percy CBE, chair of the judging panel and Chief Executive of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
"This is a great example of effective collaboration between public and private planners working together to support the production of Plan:MK. Public engagement was proactive, comprehensive and continuous and the overall approach illustrates planners' passion for plan making with high levels of technical and soft skills demonstrating excellence in plan making and leading practice."
Ian Tant, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute
"This is a great example of collaborative working between the public and private sectors and shows Milton Keynes Council yet again leading the way in planning."