Where is Your Northern Ireland Best Place?
Are you proud of the place where you were born, live or work? Do you think it has the potential to win one of our coveted 10 Northern Ireland Best Places awards and perhaps even be crowned the overall winner?
Northern Ireland Best Places is a competition designed to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places. The celebration of Best Places across the UK was established by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI),which is the body representing the planning profession for the UK, to mark its centenary in 2014. Following the first, very successful Scotland's Best Places, further competitions followed in England, then Wales last year.
Your best place in Northern Ireland could be a natural landscape, a historic town or village, a civic square or shopping area. It might be a vibrant and diverse community you are especially proud of, a special place within a city, a stunning cultural quarter or neighbourhood. You could nominate an area that has undergone significant regeneration and has been transformed by that process. Your nomination could be a place that has changed over time to meet the needs of its communities. There is no single definition to a 'best place'. We are leaving that up to you. A windswept headland, a secret view, a business district - all could qualify. We want your suggestions.
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and it's members have been working with communities for a century to help create great places for people. Each place nominated will be judged against how it was shaped, protected or improved by planners and the planning system.
Beverley Clyde, Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute Northern Ireland (RTPI NI) said:
"Northern Ireland has an abundance of outstanding and special places, which mean so much to many. Your best place could be a natural landscape, conservation area or open space. It might be a vibrant and diverse community you are especially proud of, a special place within a city, a stunning cultural quarter or a neighbourhood. Maybe your best place is an area that has been transformed by a regeneration process, or has evolved over time to meet the needs of its communities, adapting to changing environments with inspiring and positive results.
So many of our special places are cherished because they have been protected, carefully planned or improved and we want to recognise them. Citizens of Northern Ireland are passionate and care about places, so I expect the competition to be fierce and look forward to seeing what the entries will bring."
How to nominate
Any member of the public can nominate their Best Place in Northern Ireland. A diverse panel of judges will come up with a shortlist of their top ten and then we will invite a public vote later this year.
Has the place you are most proud of got what it takes to be named the overall winner of NorthernIreland Best Place competition?
Send us your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org making sure you clearly mark it Northern Ireland Best Places in the subject box.