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RTPI Yorkshire Award for Planning Excellence 2016

RTPI Yorkshire Awards


Congratulations to the 2016 Winner:

The Environment Agency and Arup for the Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme 




The Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) was developed by engineering firm Ove Arup and the Environment Agency after Skipton suffered from serious flooding events in recent history.

Award winner imageThe scheme involves the building of two flood storage reservoirs on Eller Beck and Walter Hill Beck, and the installation of floodwalls in the town centre.

Image: Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme: Waller Hill Beck Flood Storage Reservoir, view looking east. Photo credit: Shoreside Aerial

Jennifer Winyard, Chair of the judging panel, said:

"In light of increasing flood risk in residential areas, the project delivers vitally important infrastructure that will provide real benefit to local communities in Skipton for years to come.  The judges were particularly impressed by the quality of the technical planning input and the effective management of the scheme through a complex planning regime.

"The Skipton FAS is a beacon of chartered town planning and is testament to how the profession can lead engineers, surveyors, hydrologists and architects to create transformative solutions.  It illustrates how community engagement and open communications with Local Planning Authorities can unify stakeholders and it highlights the capabilities of planners in delivering high-quality solutions."

The award was presented by Phil Williams, President of the RTPI, at RTPI Yorkshire's Annual Lecture and Reception at the Civic Hall in Leeds held on 28th July 2016.

Award winners


Receiving the award are, from l-r: Emma Morrish (Environment Agency), Jenny Cooke (Environment Agency), Laura Marchant (Arup). Photo credit: Ravage Productions   



Speaking about the announcement, Phil Crabtree, RTPI Yorkshire Chair, said:

"I would like to thank and congratulate the Winner and all those projects that entered the Royal Town Planning Institute Yorkshire Planning in Excellence Award 2016. The standard of the submitted projects highlights the important contribution planning and planners make in delivering high quality, innovative solutions.

"This year's winner showcases the important role planners play in coordinating multi-disciplinary teams and delivering complex projects – the scheme will bring about a real solution to an increasing problem and meet the needs of the community for years to come. Not only does it make a major contribution to reduce the possibility of flooding in Skipton, it has been sensitively designed to fit in with the surrounding environment." 

View: photos from the awards ceremony 

Shortlisted entries were:

  • Arup for Princes Quay Bridge, Hull
  • Aspinall Verdi for Belle Vue/St John's Road, Leeds
  • North East Lincolnshire Council in partnership with ENGIE for Freeman Street Regeneration, Grimsby
  • North York Moors National Park Authority for Allum Drive Affordable Housing Scheme, Sleights
  • Quod for Holy Trinity Church Transformation Project, Hull 


SaltaireView details of previous winners of the RTPI Yorkshire Award

 Derwenthorpe     Bradford City Park

RTPI 2016 National Awards for Planning Excellence

Young Planner of the Year:

Emma LancasterEmma Lancaster (RTPI Yorkshire Vice Chair)

Congratulations to Emma, the 2016 RTPI Young Planner of the Year. 

On being told about her win, Emma said: "I am very passionate about what I do and I am grateful for the opportunities I have to shape the built environment and the future of the planning profession through my work. It therefore goes without saying, that I am incredibly proud to have been named the RTPI's Young Planner of the Year 2016. I look forward to the year ahead, and intend to use it to the promote the profession to the very best of my abilities."

Her manager, Tim Waring, Director at Quod, added: "We're all very proud at Quod of Emma's award. Her diligence, technical skills, and strategic approach to planning are evident in all she does, and her recognition by the RTPI is testament to the huge respect she commands amongst her clients, peers and colleagues."

RTPI Award for Outstanding Service


Pat Sutor

Congratulations to Pat Sutor who has received an RTPI Award for Outstanding Service.

The Award was presented to Pat by the RTPI President, Phil Williams, at the RTPI Yorkshire Lecture and Reception held at Leeds Civic Hall on 28 July 2016.

Photo: Ravage Productions 

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