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RTPI sets out to name England’s Great Places

Words: Laura Edgar

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has today launched its England’s Great Places campaign.

Following its soft launch at the RTPI Planning Convention 2015, nominations are now being taken for England's Great Places.

Kathie Pollard, RTPI England’s Great Places coordinator, said: “It was exciting to see people enthusiastically nominating during our early launch at the Planning Convention. It encouraged people to talk about how planning has shaped great places in England.

Nominations for England’s Great Places are open until 1 September, with everyone, including members of the public, able to nominate.

The judging panel will then work on deciding a shortlist of 10 regional winners before the public is asked to vote for England’s greatest places from 25 September. The winner will be announced in early December.

Janet Askew, president of the RTPI, said: “As part of our centenary we wanted to celebrate the great places we have in this country. We want to recognise those cherished places, which have come about because they have been protected, carefully planned or improved. I expect competition will be very popular and people will be passionate because they care about the places that mean most to them."

The competition was held in Scotland last year, with Dundee Waterfront winning first prize.

"It might be a vibrant and diverse community you are especially proud of, a special place within a city, a stunning cultural quarter or a neighbourhood," added Askew. “There is no single definition of a great place. We are leaving that up to you.”

To nominate a great place email: greatplaces@rtpi.org.uk, tweet the RTPI or use Instagram.

For more information, please visit the RTPI website.