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RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence

The winners of this year's RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence 2017 were announced on 23rd November in the beautiful rooms of Brighton Pavilion. The winners were:

Regional Winner 2017:

Depot, Lewes Community Screen by South Downs National Park Authority and Burrell Foley Fischer

Lewes Depot Cinema Credit South Downs National Park Authority

Depot, Lewes Community Screen is a former brewery sensitively transformed into a major community arts venue - with a cinema, restaurant and film education and training facilities

The previously vacant site is in a prominent and sensitive location close to Lewes railway station, within Lewes Conservation Area and surrounded by numerous listed buildings.

The redevelopment also includes new green infrastructure including an orchard, wild flower garden and landscaping.

Sue Percy MRTPI, Chair of the RTPI South East Judges Panel said:

"Through good planning practice and early community engagement the development was not only shaped by, but helped build, public support for the project resulting in an amazing community facility that locals and visitors will use, experience and be proud of for many years to come."

A travel plan, community minibus, public transport discounts and pedestrian maps were also developed to minimise the impact of additional traffic in the area.

The full list of winners and commended entries from the RTPI South East Awards are:

Excellence in Planning for the Innovative Delivery of Infrastructure

East Bank, River Arun – Littlehampton (LDA Design, Environment Agency, and Arun District Council)
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Excellence in Planning for Heritage

Depot, Lewes Community Screen (South Downs National Park Authority and Burrell Foley Fischer LLP)
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Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing

Bransgore Affordable Housing Scheme (New Forest National Park Authority)
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Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment

Wootton Riverine Woodland Wetland Restoration Scheme (Mott MacDonald Ltd)
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Young Planner of the Year

Reece Lemon
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Commendations

The awards were announced at a ceremony in the Brighton Pavilion on 23 November. View: photos from the ceremony

Image: South Downs National Park Authority