North East Lincolnshire Council

Top planning award win for regeneration partnership

North East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration partnership with Engie has won Local Authority Team of the Year at the United Kingdom and Ireland’s most prestigious planning awards.

The Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry.

North East Lincolnshire Council has been working in partnership with Engie for almost seven years to provide planning services for across Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Immingham and the surrounding villages and countryside. The Partnership is focussed on encouraging inward investment, new jobs and regeneration in North East Lincolnshire and providing the additional capacity, skills and expertise needed to enable growth. Planning is a key part of this.

The Local Authority Team of the Year Award is judged on a range of criteria including their planning approaches and techniques to achieve high quality solutions.

Nick Raynsford, former planning and housing minister and Chair of the Judging Panel, said:
“This partnership is a high-performing planning team with a ‘can-do’ attitude. Their ‘enabling not controlling’ attitude to development should be held up as an exemplar. Feedback shows their planners are transparent, proactive, pragmatic, objective and professional. They have some great ideas for best practice including paper free planning, commitment to staff development, joined-up working and face-to-face or telephone engagement rather than email.”

Cllr Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is a great win for the partnership’s planning team.
“More importantly though, it shows North East Lincolnshire is making strides on the national stage.
“People are taking notice of what we’re trying to achieve here and the planning team are key to building a borough that’s fit for the future.
“Their efficient and proactive approach is building relationships that help to generate investment and create jobs in North East Lincolnshire.”

Marcus Asquith, Partnership Director for ENGIE, said “This is a fantastic moment for the team. I am very happy for them and proud of their achievement.
“Since the Regeneration Partnership started in 2010 they have adapted their approach to a more ‘can-do’ and customer focussed service which has resulted in a high performing team that has now been recognised nationally.
“With an ambitious local plan this is an important critical factor which will assist in its delivery.”

Running for over 40 years, the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society. This year saw a nearly 40 per cent increase in entrants and the judges shortlisted 90 finalists across 13 categories.

Andrew Jones, Practice Leader Design, Planning + Economics at AECOM said:
“AECOM is proud to be a headline sponsor once again of the RTPI’s Awards for Planning Excellence. Those recognised tonight illustrate the best of the planning profession and demonstrate the impact we have on quality and delivery in every area of the built environment. On behalf of AECOM I would like to extend our congratulations to all of the commendations and winners.”

David Jackson, Head of Planning, Savills said:
“Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The winners this year reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities across the UK, Ireland and internationally through projects, plans and people. I’d like to congratulate all of those short-listed for awards and the category winners on behalf of the team at Savills.”

The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. It represents over 24,000 members worldwide, supporting them throughout their careers. The Institute shapes planning policy, raise professional standards and is the only body in the UK to confer Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification.

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