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RTPI_PE_Reg _SW_18_GENERALEight projects in the South West nominated for prestigious regional awards

The shortlisted entries are:

  • Dawlish Countryside Park, entered by Teignbridge District Council

    A countryside park on the edge of Dawlish that functions as Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS) and provides a green lung for local communities.

  • Making Changes – Bath Preservation Trust guidance for the owners of listed buildings, entered by Bath Preservation Trust

    Making Changes guidance assists the owners of listed buildings in navigating the planning system and provides best practice advice in the Bath heritage context.

  • McArthurs Warehouse Bristol, entered by the Nash Partnership

    Demolition of existing  warehouse, buildings and structures and redevelopment to provide 147 residential units, workspace, café, gallery space and associated works on Bristol's historic harbourside

  • Regeneration of the former railway lands in Radstock, entered by Norton Radstock Regeneration Company
    Restoration of the town centre through development of the former railway lands with appropriate housing, retail, heritage and community facilities.

  • Planning to Ensure Nationally Significant Projects realise Tangible Legacies (NSIPs), entered by Sedgemoor District Council

    The innovative planning approach is achieving HPC legacy benefits delivered through the National College for Nuclear, Cannington Court, Somerset Energy Innovation Centre and Bridgwater Gateway.

  • Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan, entered by Plymouth City Council
    The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan – A single Joint Local Plan covering the three LPAs of Plymouth City, South Hams and West Devon

  • The Carriage Shed, Swindon, entered by Swindon Borough Council
    The Carriage Works redevelopment comprises the sympathetic restoration of an under-used Listed Building in Brunel's Great Western Works area into business incubation space.

  • Waking the Watergate, entered by Sedgemoor District Council
    Mixed use scheme incorporating Gym, café, Serviced apartments and flats and including the historic Water Gate.

Suzanne D'Arcy Chair of RTPI South West said:

"The shortlisted entries a mix of outstanding planning, reflecting the really high standards and achievements of the planning profession throughout the South West.  Given the high calibre of entries this year, the judges will no doubt find it difficult to pick an overall winner."

The projects will now undergo further assessment consisting of either a site visit or presentation. The winners will be announced in November.

The RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 are sponsored by Stride Treglown and WYG.

About the Awards

Our regional Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate projects and people who have helped create exceptional places and improved the lives of those who live and work there; highlighting how planning and planners work to create a safe, healthy and sustainable future.

Winning these prestigious awards is a clear demonstration of quality, and an excellent way to raise the profile of a project, team or individual

  • Free to enter
  • Entry into the Awards is now closed. They will re open again in Spring 2019.  Register your interest
  • Results of the 2018 Awards announced in mid-November
  • The Award Presentation Ceremony will take place in December /January at a location related to the Overall Winner.
  • Download guidance notes and entry form here. (Note that no more entries are being accepted for 2018, but you may read for future guidannce).
  • Check out our handy How to Win guide.
  • NEW for 2018 :Overall Winner automatically shortlisted to national Awards in London for 2019


The SW Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 are sponsored by

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RTPI SW Awards for Planning Excellence 2017

The RTPI South West Awards operate in conjunction with the RTPI National Awards and identify and highlight examples of planning excellence in the South West. The awards promote good practice across the wide range of activities in which professional planners are involved. The standard of submissions for the 2017 Awards was the highest in the 25 years of the RTPI South West Awards.

South West Judging is now complete and the South West winners were announced on the 5 May 2017.  A presentation to the winners is taking place in June at Bath Guildhall.

Overall Winner and Winner of the Excellence in Spatial Planning Category - The Water Space Project Bath

The Water Space Project, which is aiming to improve and encourage development along waterways across the Bath area, has won the topWater Space award at this year's Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Regional Awards for Planning Excellence. The RTPI South West represents more than 1,500 professional planners across the region.

The Water Space Project has established the data and information required to develop an evidence based plan for investment to revitalise the river and canals across Bath. It covers 16 miles of waterway along the River Avon and Kennet and Avon Canal from Dundas through to Bath and Hanham. The research has focused on 5 key themes:

  • assets (land ownership);
  • moorings/boating;
  • environmental issues;
  • regeneration/development opportunities and leisure
  • recreation and leisure

The Water Space Project is a partnership between Bath and N.E. Somerset Council, the Canal & River Trust, the Environment Agency and Wessex Water. Major initiatives were undertaken to consult stakeholders, including the boating community moored on the canal.

The RTPI South West Chair, David Lowin comments "The Water Space Project is an excellent example of partnership working to realise the potential for future investment along these waterways whilst balancing economic and environmental issues. An impressive feature is the extensive consultation undertaken, in particular with the boating community. This study, and its evidence base, will be a significant factor in the establishment of future planning policies and the determination of planning applications in and around the city of Bath".

Category winners, highly commended and commended:

Excellence in Spatial Planning

Winner: Water Space Project (Bath) submitted by Bath and N.E. Somerset Council

Highly Commended:

  • Chaddlewood, Plympton, Plymouth submitted by Barratt David Wilson Homes and Plymouth  City Council
  • Tadpole Garden Village, Swindon submitted by Crest Nicolson
  • Torpoint Vision Torpoint,Cornwall submitted by Jillings Heynes Planning
  • Stroud District Local Plan, Stroud submitted by Stroud District Council
  • Victory Oak Housing, St Leonards, Ringwood submitted by Sovereign Housing Association

Commended: Bristol Temple Quarter Spatial Framework submitted by Bristol City Council (City Design Group)

Excellence in Planning Delivery

Joint Winners:

  • Old Railway Quarter (Swindon) submitted by Swindon Borough Council and Thomas Homes

Old Railway Quarter

  • Stafford Close Housing (Christow, Devon) submitted by Dartmoor National Park Authority

Stafford Housing

Commended: Salcombe Gin Distillery, Salcombe, Devon submitted by Adams +Collingwood, Architects, London

Excellence in Planning Decision Making

Winner: Army Basing Programme (Salisbury Plain) submitted by Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Wilshire Council and WYG

Arm Basing


  • Using Landscape Character Assessments in Neighbourhood Planning submitted by Fiona Fyffe Associates Ltd
  • Plymouth Strategic Landscape and Seascape Character and Sensitivity Study submitted by Plymouth City Council

RTPI South West would like to thank WYG for their continued support and sponsorship of our annual awards programme.

Read more about Past Awards