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Liverpool Waterfront voted England’s Greatest Place

Words: Laura Edgar

The public has chosen Liverpool Waterfront as England’s Greatest Place.

The nationwide competition, organised by the RTPI, saw more than 11,000 people vote for their greatest place from a shortlist of 10.

The competition aimed to show off the diverse places that planners and the planning system have created, protected and enhanced for communities.

“The waterfront is fabulous, it is iconic and it is loved by many. The changes that it has seen over the last 30 years have been carefully planned and delivered to provide the vibrant waterfront we enjoy today” Joanne Harding, chair of the RTPI North West

An independent eminent panel of judges narrowed down the shortlist from 200 unique public nominations. The public then voted for its favourite.

A presentation for the winner took place today (16 December) at Albert Docks.

Presenting the award to Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member of regeneration, transport and climate change, RTPI President Janet Askew, said: “Liverpool’s leaders and all those involved should be congratulated for showing what planning and planners can do to make the most out of England’s stunning heritage to create vibrant, beautiful places for people to live and work.

“It is a timely reminder, against a backdrop of budget cuts to local councils, of how vital planning is, and how desperately important it is to ensure that planning is properly resourced to be at the heart of society.”

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said the accolade is recognition of the work put into ensuring that the area reaches its “full and breathtaking” potential.

“As a city, we don’t stand still, and over the past 10 years Liverpool has been transformed through a number of regeneration projects, some of which have taken place in and around the waterfront. Due to the nature and status of the area, these investments are always dealt with sensitively and the developments only go ahead if they add value to the city and the people who live, work and visit here,” said Anderson.

Thame High Street in Thame, Oxfordshire, and Saltaire, the World Heritage Site-designated historic village near Bradford, came in second and third places respectively.