Heritage sites, a mountain-bike trail and a regional flood toolkit all in contention

Shortlist announced for planning excellence awards

An eclectic mix of more than 60 people and projects make up the shortlist of this year’s annual Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence. The awards highlight, across 14 categories, outstanding examples of planning that have made a positive impact on the local community and environment.

In the ‘plan making practice’ category, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park local development plan, Northern Ireland’s new ‘Living Places’ design guide, Bradford’s Saltire World Heritage Site, are all mentioned.

Community wellbeing is a key focus of the awards, with nominations for¬†David Lock Associates’ Active Design planning guidelines for Public Health England to encourage sport and physical activity, Chris Blandford Associates’ Hadleigh Park Olympic Mountain Bike Legacy Project in Essex, and an innovative community flood toolkit devised by Northamptonshire County Council tackling surface-water flooding.

There’s also praise for heritage initiatives in Holyhead (Isle of Anglesey County Council), Nottingham (Locus Consulting ) and restoration projects for Pontypridd Lido (Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC ), Rochdale’s River Roch (Rochdale Borough Council) and a hydraulic pumphouse in Barry (WYG and Vale of Glamorgan ).¬†Also nominated are an environmental risk analysis carries out by Atkins with English Heritage, and Bidwells’ hydrological landscape solution for an urban extension to Aylesbury.

Among the international finalists are a floodproofing project in Aluva, India (Atkins), sustainable urban renewal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Ove Arup & Partners), and an integrated spatial plan and strategic environmental assessment for the Tana River Delta in Kenya. Read the full list of finalists.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Barbican, London, on 5 May 2016.

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