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RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence


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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)

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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."

The full list of winners and commended entries from the RTPI South East Awards are:


Category Winners


Excellence in Plan Making Practise 

Plan:MK (2016-2031) - Milton Keynes Local Plan and Evidence Base (Milton Keynes Council and AECOM)

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Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment

South Downs Local Plan (South Downs National Park Authority)

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Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture

A Heritage Strategy for Canterbury District (Canterbury City Council)

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Young Planner of the Year

Laura Archer

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Plan Making Practise - Warnham Neighbourhood Plan (Horsham District Council and Warnham Parish Council)

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Successful Economy - Perch @ Eco Business Centre, Elmsbook, Bicester (Cherwell District Council)

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Tech within Planning - Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Corridor Future Planning Options for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) (5th Studio)

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Health and Wellbeing - Heatherwood Hospital Redevelopment (Vail Williams LLP)

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Natural Environment - Lewes Neighbourhood Plan – Pioneering An Ecosystem Approach To Neighbourhood Planning (Lewes Town Council, South Downs National Park Authority, Feria Urbanism, Lewes Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and many local community groups and representatives)

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Commendation : Young Planner of the Year

Zahra Waters

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Rebecca Bacon

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