ERC up for top planning award

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East Renfrewshire Council is the only Scottish finalist nominated in the category of local authority planning team of the year at the 2016 Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence.

The nomination highlights the planning and economic development team’s key work to support East Renfrewshire Council’s vision to be the best it can be and to deliver a better future for all residents.

The council’s planning and economic development service works towards delivering a more sustainable future, reducing inequalities and supporting the growth of the local economy through continuous improvement and partnership working.

Whilst helping the council deliver on its objectives, the team’s nomination also highlighted how their creative approach is visionary, ambitious and innovative.

Councillor Tony Buchanan, Convenor for Infrastructure and Sustainable Growth, said: “I am delighted that the hard work, dedication and commitment of our planning team has been recognised through this national award nomination from RTPI.

“They regularly deliver complex projects in partnership with private and public stakeholders with the aim of making East Renfrewshire a great place to live, work and invest in.

“Their work on innovative projects such as the Barrhead Waterworks has made a significant impact on the local community, for which they have already received much deserved recognition.

“The fact that they are the only Scottish council nominated in the RTPI’s local authority planning team of the year category also reinforces how highly thought of their work is.

“I would like to wish the planning team the best of luck for the awards ceremony in Spring.”

The RTPI represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards. The Awards for Planning Excellence have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognise planning excellence.

Finalists have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems.

Phil Williams, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said: “The finalists highlight outstanding examples of planning that have made a positive impact on the local community and environment. The judges will find it difficult separating the finalists and choosing winners given the high calibre of entries this year.”

Andrew Jones, Practice Leader Design Planning + Economics, AECOM said: “AECOM is proud to 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 really demonstrate the impact the profession has on quality and delivery in the built environment.”

David Jackson, Head of Planning, Savills said: “Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists this year reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities across the UK, Ireland and internationally through projects, plans and people.”

The Awards ceremony will be held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on May 5 2016.