Royal Town Planning Institute rewards effective and imaginative solution

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Planning Excellence Award for Chris Blandford at Stonehenge

The Royal Town Planning Institute has recognised Chris Blandford Associates’ work on the Stonehenge Environmental Improvement Project in this year’s national Awards for Planning Excellence.

Despite tough competition from a shortlist of 12 entries, the Stonehenge project was judged clear winner of the ‘best planning for natural and built heritage’ category. The award was presented to CBA director Dominic Watkins and English Heritage’s Richard Williams at a ceremony in London by Stephen Williams MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
The judges felt that this was an outstanding scheme and the clear winner. The project needed to find a sustainable and endurable solution to a long running and controversial issue, they noted. ‘There was clearly a good initial analysis and then a thorough understanding and evaluation of competing views, allowing an appropriate balance to be struck between the many different local and  international interests.’
Removing the road and in so doing ‘reuniting Stonehenge with its Salisbury Plain landscape’ was, the judges felt, ‘a particular achievement, demonstrating that the project is an effective and imaginative solution from both a planning and a landscape perspective’.

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