RTPI 2018 Yorkshire Awards Reception and Keynote Address
Thursday 13 September 2018
Keynote address delivered by Greg Marsden, Professor of Transport Governance at the University of Leeds
Hull City Council has won Yorkshire's top planning award for its vision and expertise in delivering Siemen's new offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing, assembly and servicing facilities at the city's Alexandra Port.
The project, the centrepiece of the Green Port Hull vision to establish Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire as a world class centre for renewable energy, has won the top prize at the 2018 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Yorkshire's Planning Excellence Award.
Jennifer Winyard, Chair of RTPI Yorkshire judging panel, said:
"This is a prime example where planners play a vital role in securing long-term sustainable economic growth and employment for the region. The project scores high on having a strong, coherent vision as well as a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach that ensures effective delivery of the complex project itself and allows wider social and environmental benefits to flow from it for many years to come.
"The Green Port Hull project promises major opportunities in biofuels, waste to energy, wave and tidal power generation, and it is planners who are uniquely placed to help harness this huge potential."
Planners at Hull City Council and East Riding Council are proactively looking at strategic land and property sites in the port of Hull area to attract renewable energy sector businesses looking to relocate to the region.
These vary from sites for major manufacturing facilities; business parks; operations and maintenance centres servicing the renewable energy cluster; design and build opportunities; and storage land.
Halifax Piece Hall highly commended
Judges have also highly commended the restoration of The Piece Hall, a Grade I-listed, monumental building in Halifax town centre. It is the only surviving intact cloth hall in the UK and an iconic reminder of Halifax's once pivotal position at the centre of the world's woollen trade.
The transformation of the building and nearby public space demonstrated "a range of planning skills and exemplary design, enhancing the town's identity and attraction as a tourism and employment destination", according to the judges.
Other commended projects
To find out more about our Yorkshire awards, sponsorship or exhibitions, please contact Yorkshire Regional Coordinator Sarah Richardson at Sarah.Richardson@rtpi.org.uk or phone 020 7929 8192.
Our 2017 Winner:
Sheffield City Council for 'Stuck Sites'
RTPI Yorkshire Chair with Sheffield City Council winners John Baker and John Stonard, and RTPI President Stephen Wilkinson.
Jennifer Winyard, Chair of the judging panel, said:
This is an outstanding project that shows what local planners can achieve with the creative use of existing powers and with their own tenacity, expertise and skill. In bringing otherwise difficult opportunities forward, not only have they brought new life to run down places, but increased a vital supply of homes on brownfield sites.
"The project has delivered positive change through proactive engagement with land and property owners, and helped to change their attitudes towards maintenance without resorting to legal or enforcement action.
"It is good to see planning enforcement, an important but often negatively perceived function, to be able to secure crucial funding from the Council and shape the lives of local communities in such a positive way."
The award was presented by Stephen Wilkinson, President of the RTPI, at RTPI Yorkshire's Annual Lecture and Reception held at the Guildhalll in Hull on 14 September 2017.
Cottingham Neighbourhood Plan
This is a high quality and comprehensive Neighbourhood Plan, containing an impressive amount of professional input, including a Design Guide, and Development Principles for allocated sites, and it is clear that significant efforts have been expended in consulting with, and ensuring participation by, local people. This process has resulted in an outstanding example of neighbourhood planning, in which the content can be shown to have been derived from local needs and aspirations. It should be regarded as a level to which other neighbourhood plans should aspire.
Other Shortlisted entries
Arup and Leeds City Council
Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme
The Halton Moor and Seacroft Leeds Brownfield Programme
Spawforths and Wakefield Council
Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (WERR)
WYG and Keepmoat
Leeds Housing Regeneration Project
Yorkshire Water and Arup
Bransholme Surface Water Pumping Station (BSWPS)
RTPI National Awards for Planning Excellence 2017
Congratulations to the winners from the Yorkshire Region:
Local Authority Planning Team of the Year
- North East Lincolnshire Council / Engie Regeneration Partnership
Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing
- Stuck Sites - submitted by Planning Service, Sheffield City Council (commendation)
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