Finalists for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2017 Picture 1 Jo Jo Finalists for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2017 Picture 4

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing, Well-being & Young Planner of the Year

We are delighted to announce that two projects led by our planning team have been shortlisted as part of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. Jo Ellingham, Senior Planner at HTA Design LLP, has also been shortlisted for Young Planner of the Year.

The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

Dover Court Estate is a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing

Planning consent was secured in 2015 for 70 new homes and extensive public realm improvements to Dover Court Estate on behalf of Islington Council’s New Build and Regeneration team, working with PTE Architects and Farrer Huxley Associates. I

It serves as an exemplar project of how to achieve housing growth within existing estates and estate wide landscape improvements. HTA Design’s planning team navigated the planning challenges estate infill and partial redevelopment programmes face, demonstrating the wider estate value this programme would bring to existing and new residents. The project demonstrates how local planning authorities and planners can work pro-actively to efficiently utilise brownfield sites and introduce streets back into our estates and high quality, useable open spaces. The project will deliver 70 new homes of which 70% will be affordable.


Caesar Court is a finalist in the category Excellence in Planning for Well-being

HTA Design LLP worked with Orbit, Kent County Council and PRP architects to help deliver a high quality purpose-designed building for over 55 year olds, to replace a disused former care home.

Central to the success of the building and achieving planning permission was the consultation with local residents and Town Councillors which helped shape the design of the building. The design of the building and Orbit’s delivery of 100% affordable housing was praised by the Planning Committee, and the feedback from residents since the building opened has been extremely positive.

Jo Ellingham is a finalist for Young Planner of the Year

Jo passionately exemplifies the role good planners can have on projects, collaborating successfully across disciplines supporting the delivery of high quality homes and creative uses.

Riette Oosthuizen, Planning Partner at HTA Design LLP said:

“We are immensely pleased and proud to be shortlisted for these awards”.

Stephen Wilkinson, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“The finalists represent some outstanding contributions to planning which are making a positive impact for the community and environment. The judges will find it difficult choosing the winners given the high calibre of entries this year.”

This year saw a nearly 40% increase in entrants and the judges have shortlisted 90 finalists across 14 categories with an overall winner awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup. The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 15 June 2017.

Andrew Jones, Practice Leader Design Planning + Economics, 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 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 reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities across the UK, Ireland and internationally through projects, plans and people.”