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DOE’s ‘Living Places’ selected as a finalist for prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute Awards

Published on Wed, 24 Feb 2016 by planning@doeni.gov.uk.
The DOE’s ‘Living Places’ design guide is a finalist in the category for Excellence in Plan Making Practice at the 2016 Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards.
The document, 'An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland' was produced in collaboration with The Paul Hogarth Company with Gareth Hoskins Architects and a steering group of key stakeholders. It was published by the Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, in September 2014.
Mark H Durkan said: “It is a great achievement for ‘Living Places’ to be been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. DOE being recognised for excellence in planning is always welcome. The ethos of the design guide is simple-it is about achieving good urban places. It is a key tool for councils seeking to improve their urban environments, creating better places for their citizens.
“The use of ‘Living Places’ can therefore contribute to improving the planning, design and management of our urban places, resulting in places which are a focal point of social and economic activity.”
The Awards for Planning Excellence have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognise planning excellence. The RTPI represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards.
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.”
The Awards ceremony will be held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 5 May 2016.

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