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News in brief: Shortlist announced for RTPI research awards; Neighbourhood plan adopted in Northamptonshire

Words: Laura Edgar
2019 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence / RTPI

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 6 August, 2019

Shortlist announced for RTPI research awards

The RTPI has announced its shortlist for its 2019 Awards for Research Excellence.

It includes research into the role of radical planning in urban justice in South Africa, how a three-dimensional pedestrian network reshapes connectivity of high-density cities in Hong Kong, and the relationship between the built environment and mental health.

Projects on planning for future town centres and housing delivery through neighbourhood plans have also made the cut.

There was a total of 66 entries, with 33 making the shortlist.

Dr Daniel Slade, who leads the RTPI’s work on the Awards, said: "To be effective, just, and respond to society’s greatest challenges, planning practice needs high-quality and critical planning research. This year’s shortlist shows that planning schools, RTPI members and consultancies are producing this in abundance. It’s also wonderful to see such diversity – in terms of topics, geographies and entrants."

The winners will be announced during the opening ceremony of the UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference at the University of Liverpool on 2 September 2019.

The full shortlist can be found on the RTPI website.


Neighbourhood plan adopted in Northamptonshire

South Northamptonshire Council has adopted the Roade Neighbourhood Plan after 94 per cent of residents supported it in a referendum.

Phil Bignell, the council's portfolio holder for planning, said Roade's location is close to Northampton, Milton Keynes and the M1, which makes it an attractive prospect for developers.

“Recognising that, we were pleased to support Roade Parish Council and their residents’ steering group in the development of this plan, which means the hopes and aspirations of local people are taken into account when planning decisions are made that impact the village."

It sets out policies to guide development and can allocate sites for specific uses.

The neighbourhood plan can be found on the South Northamptonshire Council website.


Consultation begins on new West Sussex community

Homes England has published a consultation on proposals to create a sustainable community on land to the west of Ifield, West Sussex.

The community would comprise homes, a relief road around the west of Crawley, a school and a variety of community facilities.

More information about the proposals and the consultation can be found on the UK Government website.


Leeds consults on tall building guidance

Leeds City Council is seeking views on the Tall Buildings Design Guide for Leeds.

The guide has been designed to provide advice on buildings that would be taller than their neighbours, where they can be located and what design principles should be followed.

The guide is a refresh of the original version adopted in 2010.

Leeds City Council's executive board member for climate change, transport and sustainable development, Lisa Mulherin, said: "This is an opportunity to sharpen our advice on tall buildings having regard to the council's climate change emergency. We need to make sure that tall buildings are in the right locations to take advantage of accessibility to good public transport, employment and other facilities so that the need for travel, particularly by car, can be minimised.

"Location and design are also important to ensure tall buildings complement Leeds' skyline and visual character, and to ensure that the effects on wind are safely managed. I would encourage anyone involved in the development of Leeds to look at this guide and give us their views."

The consultation, which runs until 30 September, can be found on the Leeds City Council website.


Application for neighbourhood area submitted in Shropshire

Shropshire Council has received an application from Sheriffhales Parish Council to designate the area as a neighbourhood area.

Sheriffhales Parish Council is in the earliest stages of considering a neighbourhood plan, and this application seeks now to formalise the process.

A consultation on this proposal will run until 30 August. More information can be found on the Shropshire Council website.

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