HTA are honoured to receive The Planning Award for Planning Consultancy of the Year 2017.
This award goes to planning consultancies that can most clearly demonstrate how its planning work has helped clients to have a positive impact on the physical or environmental quality of a place or places and/or the economic or social well-being of a community or communities.
The Judges commended HTA’s submission on its commitment to engage in community-led projects, as well as the organisations commitment to support local authorities with housing led-regeneration programmes.
“Consultancy HTA Design focuses much of its work on supporting London boroughs with their housing delivery programmes and regeneration projects. However, it was the company’s "commitment to community" that caught the eye of the judges - and its willingness to take on non-fee earning community projects. These include securing permission for a play structure and performance space at an adventure playground in Haringey, north London, and for an arts facility in a listed building in Lewisham, in the south of the capital. Judges said the firm "consistently included a strong community approach" and "demonstrated clearly how they brought value" to the range of projects they worked on.” – Planning Judges
"We are really pleased to get this level of recognition and it would inspire us to continue finding innovative ways to show how urban planners can make a difference through work with a personal touch" - Riette Oosthuizen, Planning Partner at HTA Design LLP
“"Hard on the heels of offsite award and business breakthrough-proud that our fab planning team also recognised” - Mike De’Ath, Partner at HTA Design LLP
HTA supports a range of clients and local organisations through the planning process, resolving planning issues at strategic and detailed level as well as producing research on innovative housing solutions to stimulate debate. As well as working with clients from the public sector, private sector and housing associations, HTA have developed research projects to explore how to deliver additional housing in London. Projects include a research study in 2016 on behalf of Apex Airspace Development testing London’s rooftop capacity to deliver new homes. HTA also continues to develop the concept of intensifying the suburbs through Supurbia, exploring how planning can facilitate innovative housing solutions to increase the supply of new homes.
Working collaboratively with other professions, the team have also supported community-led non-fee earning projects through the planning process including The Whaler and Louise House.
HTA secured the necessary planning consents to enable young people in Haringey to design and construct an external structure in the Somerford Grove Adventure Playground, named by those involved as ‘The Whaler’. As one of HTA’s Priority Research and Innovation Projects, the team also secured the use Louise House as a community arts facility, with support from Heritage and Landscape Disciplines at HTA on a pro-bono basis.
The awards, organised by Planning magazine and PlacemakingResource, span 10 categories in planning and 13 in placemaking, plus an overall editor’s award. While the planning categories reward excellence in planning practice, the placemaking categories celebrate outstanding work in regeneration, economic development, urban design, sustainable development and community development as well as planning. Winners were chosen by an expert panel of 25 senior figures from across the sector.