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RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence: 'Excellence in Tech within Planning Practice' award sponsored by CPC

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the longest-running and most high-profile awards in the planning industry. For 40 years they have rewarded the brightest talent in the profession; the teams, the projects and individuals that transform economies, environments and their communities all over the UK and internationally. This year, Connected Places Catapult is proud to sponsor the ‘Excellence in Tech within Planning Practice’ award.

On 30 April, the team at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will be announcing the winners of this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 awards will be a virtual ceremony instead of a live production.

Connected Places Catapult and the RTPI would be delighted if you and your colleagues could join us at 1pm on the RTPI YouTube channel to celebrate the achievements of all the nominees, and of course, the winners of each category. The winners will be announced and RTPI’s prestigious Silver Jubilee Cup winner, awarded annually to the entry judged to be the most outstanding from amongst the category winners.

Click the button below to watch the award ceremony on to the RTPI YouTube channel at 1pm on 30 April.


Watch the RTPI Awards

We wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate every one of this year’s finalists but especially those nominated in the category we are sponsoring because of our vested interest in PlanTech; ‘Excellence in Tech within Planning Practice’.

Below you’ll find a brief description of each of the initiatives on the shortlist to win the ‘Excellence in Tech within Planning Practice’ award. Click through to the project pages and have a look at them for yourselves.

Affordable Homes Monitoring - Southwark Council

In order to build new homes, developers or housing providers need to be given planning permission by the council and they have to prove that they’ll provide a policy compliant number of units for affordable housing.

Southwark Council is undertaking a piece of work to see how it might access clear and timely information on the affordable housing stock in the borough. In addition, it wants to be able to monitor this information on a frequent basis and make it publically available in an easy and clearly presentable way.


Visit the Southwark Council website
Consultation of the Living Lakes: Your Local Plan - Lake District National Park Authority

The aim of this Living Lakes: Your Local Plan project has been to produce a planning framework that delivers the homes, communities and countryside that the Lake District wants and needs. The Lake District National Park Authority wants to deliver its vision for the Lake District to be ‘an inspirational example of sustainable development in action’.

Digital tools were crucial in the highly successful consultation on this Local Plan, securing a high response rate equivalent to 7% of the resident population.


Visit the Lake District National Park Authority website
Development Brief Prototype - North Ayrshire Council

North Ayrshire Council have developed an engaging and accessible video style design brief incorporating 3D fly-throughs as an alternative to traditional text-based planning documents.

The Local Development Plan (LDP)sets out how North Ayrshire Council aims to guide development and investment in our area over the next 20 years. It includes a spatial development strategy and placemaking policy. It also highlights strategic development areas and the key factors the council will consider in developing these major areas of change.


Visit the North Ayrshire Council website
Wind Microclimate Guidelines - City of London

City of London’s Wind Microclimate Guidelines is a proactive initiative which places planning at the forefront of delivering real change and better environmental conditions to public spaces. The initiative demonstrates how a public planning authority can take the lead in the delivery of industry-wide improvements in the quality and technical rigour of wind assessments and modelling. This ground-breaking work is openly shared with other UK authorities as well as international cities.


Read the City of London's Wind Microclimate Guidelines here

For details on all the finalists visit the RTPI website.

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