RTPI SW Awards for Planning Excellence 2016
The RTPI SW Awards for Planning Excellence operate in conjunction with the RTPI National Awards: the SW Awards assess those project submissions to the national awards that relate to the South West. Unfortunately only 4 submissions relating to the SW have been forwarded to RTPI SW for judging in its 2016 regional awards; this much reduced figure reflects the lower number of projects submitted at a national level. These are:
SW 1 Plan for Homes submitted by Plymouth City Council.
SW 2 The Court House, Plymouth (conversion of the former Greenbank prison to provide 65 self contained student flats + a new Aldi Store) submitted by Plymouth City Council.
SW 3 The Octagon Chapel, Bath (conversion to a restaurant) submitted by Bath and NE Somerset Council.
SW 4 Paignton Strategic Masterplans (Paignton Town Centre and Collaton St Mary) (submitted by Stride Treglown)
The RTPI SW Awards judging Panel has decided that all 4 of these submissions are possible recipients of an Award or Commendation and, in line with RTPI SW policy, appropriate site visits and meetings by Panel members with representatives of the organisations which made the submissions have already taken place or are scheduled for next week. The SW Panel will be meeting on April 22nd to take decisions. A presentation ceremony will be arranged during May, after the national award ceremony on 5th May. One of the above 4 SW submissions has been shortlisted for an Award in the national category 'Excellence in Planning for the Delivery of Housing'.
RTPI SW is very pleased that its 2016 Awards are being sponsored jointly by WYG and Stride Treglown.
The Winners for the RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2015
The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence highlight exceptional examples of planning and celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society. South West Entries recieved into the National Awards are judged independantly in a seperate awards programme by a dedicated committee of judges with a multitude of planning experience. The South West submissions are assessed within two categories:
a) Schemes on the Ground, and
b) Other Planning Work (i.e. strategies, policy documents, action plans).
Winners were presented with their certificates on Tuesday 28 July at Custom House, Exeter Quay. Photos are available here
Read the news release here
Overall Winner of the RTPI SW Awards for Planning Excellence 2015 and also the Award for the Joint Best Entry in the 'Schemes on the Ground' category.
EXE ESTUARY TRAIL
From left to right: Simon Lamb (Parsons Brinckerhoff), Roger North (Parsons Brinckerhoff), Mike Deaton (Devon County Council), Hayley Stokes (Devon County Council), Councillor Stuart Hughes (Cabinet member responsible for Cycling – with the trophy), The Chairman of the Council – Councillor Christine Channon (with the plaque) and obviously Paul Barnard, (Assistant Director, Strategic Planning & Infrastructure, Plymouth City Council (Panel Chair)
OTHER PLANNING WORK'
GLOUCESTER, CHELTENHAM, TEWKESBURY JOINT CORE STRATEGY Commended
GREEN PARK HOUSE REDEVELOPMENT, BATH Commended
ARMY BASING PROGRAMME – SALISBURY PLAIN MASTERPLAN Highly Commended
INFRASTRUCTURE LED PLANNING -THE CRANBROOK WAY Highly Commended
THE PLYMOUTH PLAN Award for the best entry in the 'Other Planning Work' category
'SCHEMES ON THE GROUND'
HANHAM HALL Highly Commended
J3 DEVELOPMENT Award for the Joint Best entry
A word from our sponsors:
"WYG a consultancy with a significant national planning business are honoured and pleased to have been associated with this prestigious completion for many years, this year in particular the standard of entries was very high, and whilst all the schemes and plans were very different they all exhibited planning excellence as the short listing and being winners in the national awards testifies. The winning scheme, the Exe estuary trail, exemplifies partnership working, tenacity, and considerable successful consultation, to produce an important leisure and tourist facility"
David Lowin MRTPI, Director of Planning, WYG
RTPI South West would like to thank WYG for their continued support and sponsorship of our annual awards programme.