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Record shortlist for RTPI Awards

Words: Roger Milne
RTPI Awards

Sixty-three projects, consultancies and local authority planning teams are in the frame to win RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.

The record number of shortlisted entrants across ten categories reflect the "very high standard of submissions this year", the Institute said.
The awards, sponsored by The Planner among others, offer recognition across ten categories:
Outstanding planning to deliver growth and employment
Leading the way in planning for community
Excellence in planning and design for the public realm
Best planning for natural and built heritage
Exemplary planning to deliver housing
Innovative planning practice in plan making
Innovative planning practice in decision making
Planning consultancy of the year
Small planning consultancy of the year
Local authority planning team of the year.
Shortlisted projects, teams and consultancies include the Hitachi Capital Campus, the Cockermouth Flood Alleviation Scheme, Indigo Planning, AZ Urban Studio and Wokingham Borough Council.
"I am proud to say that once again our shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work," said Sir Terry Farrell, who is chair of the 24-strong team of judges.
"It will be far from easy to pick individual category winners, but I am looking forward, with my fellow awards judges, to that exciting challenge."
RTPI president Cath Ranson said: "In this, the RTPI's centenary year, I am delighted we are able to celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society, to the economy and to the environment, and highlight through these awards truly exceptional examples of planning.
"It is wonderful to see that there is a pride and confidence in the profession and its achievements."
Award winners will be announced at the Pullman London St Pancras on 23 June. Tickets are available from Eventbrite