Wokingham borough council has been named as a finalist in the category for excellence in planning for a successful economy at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2020.
The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.
Wokingham’s regeneration has seen the council invest millions in the town’s future, redeveloping key sites to help support the high street with great new public spaces, an improved shopping and leisure offer and high quality new homes.
Cllr Charlotte Haitham-Taylor, executive member for regeneration, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have been selected as a finalist in the RTPI awards. This is a real recognition of the amazing work which has gone into making Wokingham town centre a success. Our town is now fit for the needs of our community today and ready for the demands of future generations.”
RTPI President Sue Manns FRTPI said: “Many congratulations to all the finalists at this years RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence, representing the very best of our profession from not only all the RTPI’s regions and nations but also from countries around the globe.
“These outstanding projects, teams and individuals show how planning can have a positive effect on our communities and the environment and how planners can use their expertise and enthusiasm to create inclusive, happy and healthy places and spaces for ourselves and for future generations.
“I wish them all the best of the luck at the ceremony on 30 April.”
Andrew Jones MRTPI, Practice Leader Design Planning + Economics at AECOM, said: “AECOM is proud to once again be a headline sponsor of this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which demonstrate the breadth of the impact the profession has on quality place making and delivery in the built environment.”
David Jackson MRTPI, Head of Planning at Savills, said: “Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities and wider society across the UK, Ireland and internationally through exemplary projects, plans and people.”
The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court Concert Hall in central London on 30 April 2020.
The RTPI champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. It is the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers. It supports its members – over 25,000 worldwide - throughout their careers.