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Northern Ireland best places nominations announced

Words: Laura Edgar
RTPI Northern Ireland Best Places / RTPI

RTPI Northern Ireland has announced the 10 nominations put forward by the public to find the country’s best place.

The competition aims to celebrate some of the most attractive and inspiring places, and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for communities across Northern Ireland.

The top 10 nominations have been narrowed down by the Northern Ireland Best Places judging panel. They are:

  • Antrim Historic Town Centre, Antrim and Newtownabbey
  • Merville Garden Village, Antrim and Newtownabbey
  • Armagh City Historic Town Centre and Cathedrals, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon
  • Connswater Community Greenway, Belfast
  • Cathedral Quarter, Belfast
  • Giants Causeway, Causeway Coast and Glens
  • Rathlin Island, Causeway Coast and Glens
  • Walled City, Guildhall, Peace Bridge and Ebrington, Derry/Londonderry, Derry City and Strabane
  • Lough Erne, Fermanagh and Omagh
  • Newcastle and the Mourne, Newry, Mourne and Down

Beverly Clyde, chair of RTPI Northern Ireland said: “The competition has reminded us of the passion we have for places we love. The finalists, places clearly loved by the public, have been protected, carefully planned or improved by the planning system. I encourage everyone to get behind their favourite place to ensure it wins.”

The voting for Northern Ireland’s Best Place was launched at this year’s RTPI Northern Ireland Annual Conference in Belfast.

Voting is open until Friday 20 October.

To vote:

  • Submit your choice online
  • Email it to northernirelandbestplace@rtpi.org.uk
  • Tweet your choice for your chosen place, tagging #RTPINIBestPlaces