Preston ‘Transformational Housing’ Plan Wins National Planning Award

A plan to regenerate deprived areas of inner Preston has been crowned overall winner at this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence.

The City Living Strategy, submitted by Preston City Council and Hive Land & Planning, involves the ‘de-risking’ of 50 brownfield sites to attract private investment, and will lead to the building of over 3,000 homes, many of which will be affordable.

Dyan Currie HonMRTPI, Chief Planner of Brisbane City Council and Chair of the judging panel, said:

“Preston City Council’s City Living Strategy is a worthy winner of the Silver Jubilee Cup. The judges were impressed by its proactive approach to the making of positive and impactful improvements to the city, noting particularly the use of innovative mechanisms to involve and engage with the local community.

“A human rights impact assessment is a unique addition to the strategy, setting a really positive tone for how planning can benefit all in a variety of ways. This project is highly relevant to the ‘levelling up’ agenda for the North and is transferable across the UK.

“With the world facing significant complex challenges, planning has become more important than ever before. The quality of entries in this year’s Awards was outstanding and the judges remain confident of the future of the profession during these challenging times.”

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