As one of the principal sponsors of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s 2005 Planning Awards the Planning Officers Society was particularly pleased to sponsor the spatial planning award.
At the Awards ceremony held on 2nd February 2006 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, Hilary Herbert, POS Senior Vice President, presented two awards in this category - the Poole Bridge Regeneration Initiative and Taunton Vision were the co-winners.
The production of supplementary planning guidance by Poole Borough Council set out to tackle a range of issues. Neil Jacobs, Senior Planning Officer said “the two key aims of the project were successfully achieved by solving the crossing problem and by raising Poole’s profile, creating investor confidence in the place.”
Preparation of an urban design framework, a design code and an urban extension study formed the basis of a new vision for Taunton. Claire Pearce, Somerset County Council’s Head of Strategic Planning and Transport Policy said “the successful development of a cross-party political consensus facilitated by planners enabled county and borough councillors to come to a shared view.”
Hilary Herbert commented that “the Society is proud to be associated, once again, with these prestigious planning awards. It shows that putting planning at the heart of governance, leading and co-ordinating policy and action across all sectors, delivers true regeneration and vital, vibrant and sustainable communities.”
The independent panel of judges’ commentary on the choice of Poole included “The judges were impressed by the teamwork involved in the project, particularly between the borough, Terrence O’Rourke and other consultants but also involving other agencies. We commend the professionalism and thoroughness of the approach as the work moves beyond masterplanning into implementation.”
The judges’ commentary on Taunton included “Although the Vision has a 2021 time horizon, we were impressed that it is already delivering changes to policies, proposals and public perceptions. The project is an excellent example of positive planning and productive partnership working.”