Success for Preston’s City Living Strategy at national planning awards

Preston’s City Living Strategy claimed top prize at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2021 which also saw the city’s Planning Department win team of the year.

The City Living Strategy, a vision to transform the city centre and its inner suburbs into a series of vibrant and popular neighbourhoods alongside partners Hive, was awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup.

Elsewhere Preston City Council’s Planning Team were recognised as the Planning Team of the Year alongside the team from Plymouth City Council with whom they shared the award.

Chris Hayward, Director of Development and Housing at Preston City Council, said:

“We are delighted to win this prestigious national award for our City Living Strategy, alongside Hive Land and Planning, who are helping us deliver it.  We have a vision to grow Preston into a modern and vibrant city, and attractive, affordable accommodation for residents is vital for this aim. We’re pleased this work has been recognised by the judging panel.

“I am also thrilled to see our Planning Team recognised as the Planning Team of the Year, alongside Plymouth City Council. We have an excellent planning team who have pulled together well during a challenging year and it’s pleasing to see their hard work and determination recognised. In particular, their involvement in helping vulnerable people during the pandemic is recognition of not just the planning teams, but all the staff at Preston City Council who have gone the extra mile to support the people of Preston.”

Stuart Sage, Director at Hive Land and Planning, said:

“These awards are a great recognition of the City Living project’s innovative approach to translating policy into the delivery of much needed high quality city centre accommodation. We’re grateful to receive this award alongside Preston City Council and look forward to the next stage of this exciting project.”

RTPI President Wei Yang FRTPI said:

“I would like to congratulate all of the winners at this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence who have demonstrated how planning is an essential public service for our community. The winners have acted beyond boundaries to make positive and impactful changes – a perfect way of showing the world the positive role planners play in our society.

“The fact that even during the pandemic we received so many entries is a testament to how the planning profession across the UK and around the world has stepped up to deliver innovative, place-based solutions to the challenges of health and wellbeing, climate change and the biodiversity decline, as well as housing and economic growth.”

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