The President's Special Award recognises long term outstanding achievement in planning. The award is made to a planning organisation, team, office, or individual to recognise their contribution to planning achievement. The award is made at the discretion of the President.
First awarded by Kevin Murray in 2000, the President's Special Award is not necessarily given every year.
The full list of awards made up to 2014 is as follows:
- 2000: Birmingham City Council
- 2001: The Planning Inspectorate
- 2002: No Award
- 2003: The Town & Country Planning Association
- 2004: No Award
- 2005: No Award
- 2006: Planning Magazine
- 2007: The Accredited Planning Schools
- 2008: Planning Summer School
- 2009: The Active Members of the RTPI
- 2010: Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP)
- 2011: Northern Ireland Planning Service
- 2013/14: The Olympic Delivery Authority and The London Legacy Development Corporation
Awarded to The Olympic Delivery Authority and The London Legacy Development Corporation
Dr Peter Geraghty (President 2013/14) and Colin Haylock (President 2012/13) jointly awarded the last President's Special Award to The Olympic Delivery Authority and The London Legacy Development Corporation for Exemplary Planning Achievement at the RTPI General Assembly on Wednesday 15 January.
Pictured: Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and Anthony Hollingsworth from the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDA), accepted the award in London from Peter Geraghty and Colin Haylock.
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Awarded to the Northern Ireland Planning Service
Richard Summer, President in 2011, presented his Special Award to the Northern Ireland Planning Service at the RTPI Planning Awards ceremony held on Thursday 23 February.
Northern Irelands planners continued to deliver sound planning decisions and bring forward plans and policies during the political turmoil of the troubles. Since then, an upsurge in development proposals and then a sudden drop in activity put great pressures on the planning service. Local government reorganisation and a major programme of legislative reform added further uncertainty.
RTPI president for 2011 Richard Summers said: The Northern Ireland Planning Service is to be commended for its commitment to high standards of professionalism, continuing professional development and consistent support for staff who were redeployed to other departments during this challenging period.
Anne Garvey, Deputy Secretary, Northern Ireland Planning Service,accepted the award from Richard Summers.