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Past awards

RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2018

Overall Award Winner
Planning to Ensure Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Realise Tangible Legacies - Hinkley Point C

NCFN - Credit Bridgwater And Taunton CollegeEntered by Sedgemoor District Council, the project see an innovative planning approach taken to deliver legacy benefits of the Hinkley Point C Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. The result is positive and transformational results on the ground, through the delivery of:

  • The National College for Nuclear (pictured right)
  • EDF Energy Low Carbon Leadership Training Campus
  • Cannington Court
  • The Somerset Energy Innovation Centre
  • Bridgwater Gateway employment site; and
  • New facilities at Bridgwater and Taunton College.

These developments are delivering high value jobs, supporting SMEs to engage with the nuclear supply chain, revolutionising the way people are educated through innovation and collaboration with industry and creating positive legacy benefits for the community, economy and environment. 

RTPI South West Chair, Suzanne D'Arcy said:

"For the Hinkley Point C project, the planners at Sedgemoor Council demonstrated the hallmarks of excellent planning – partnership working, community engagement, and delivering a legacy for future generations".

"As a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, they combined national and local planning processes to realise a complex project which is the first nuclear build to be delivered through the Planning Act 2008 process.

"The planners thought strategically about the social and economic benefits to the wider community. A considered planning approach allowed wider associated projects to be realised, including a national college and a dynamic business hub. These new initiatives will create jobs and training opportunities for local communities in Bridgwater and beyond."


Read more about this winning project


Category results


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Dawlish Countryside Park (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.
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1_Carriage Works _external View _David DewartHighly Commended:

The Carriage Works, Swindon (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.
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Regeneration of the Railway Lands at Radstock (Norton Radstock Regeneration Company)
Restoration of the town centre through development of the former railway lands with appropriate housing, retail, heritage and community facilities.
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(1) Chandos StreetWaking the Watergate, Bridgwater (Sedgemoor District Council)
Mixed use scheme incorporating Gym, café, Serviced apartments and flats and including the historic Water Gate.
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Highly Commended:

Plymouth and SW Devon Joint Local Plan (Plymouth City Council)
A single Joint Local Plan covering the three LPAs of Plymouth City, South Hams and West Devon
Read more about this project



Planning to Ensure Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Realise Tangible Legacies (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.
Read more about this winning project

Highly Commended:View Of Development From Gas Ferry Road _credit Nash Partnership2

McArthur's Yard, Bristol (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.
Read more about this project

Shortlisted:Making -changes -brochure -4 Credit P&D Design

Making Changes (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.
Read more about this project - to be available for download shortly.

The presentation to the winners will take place on 23 January 2019 in Bridgwater. 

The SW Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 are sponsored by Stride Treglown and WYG

"Stride Treglown are delighted to have continued our sponsorship of the SW RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence in 2018. The quality of the diverse submissions was again high and demonstrated the importance of the input of planners in the development process and the ability to influence the delivery of wider tangible community benefits. Building upon the theme of collaboration which was so strong last year, this year the importance of adaptability and proactivity came through strongly. The successful award entries reflect the benefits generated by forward thinking planning practitioners and the importance of communicating complex processes or procedures in a way that delivers economic, social and environmental objectives. Such exemplar projects offer the opportunity for others to share SW best practice across the national arena."

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"In a fast paced and ever changing planning climate, the SW RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence provides an important opportunity to share and reflect upon what can be achieved, and what is indeed being achieved, by planning professionals and communities across the south west. WYG is proud to sponsor this initiative. The number, diversity and quality of submissions brought home the commitment of the profession to think outside of the box, maintain momentum and ultimately deliver excellence in the planning field. Congratulations are due to all those involved with the submissions this year, and for the inspiration they may provide for future applicants."  

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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.