Planning takes first place nationally

Published Wednesday, 30th May 2018
Planning takes first place nationally
Planning takes first place nationally

Rotherham Council’s Planning Service has won Team of the Year at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Rotherham Planning Service was named winner in the category for Local Authority Planning Team of the Year at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 held in London.

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the longest running and most high-profile awards in the industry. For 40 years they have rewarded the brightest talent in the planning profession; the teams, projects and individuals that transform economies, environments and their communities all over the UK and internationally.

Speaking of the submission, Craig McLaren FRTPI, RTPI Awards Advisor said: “Rotherham Council’s planners’ dedication to improving their community through planning is outstanding – the high level of community satisfaction is testament to this. We were blown away by their exceptional submission, especially their commitment to efficient working including a paperless document management system.”

Bronwen Knight, Rotherham Council’s Head of Planning and Building Control, said; “I feel incredibly proud and it was a huge honour. Not only to be shortlisted for this prestigious RTPI award but to win is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work of Rotherham Planning Service and support staff.

“With the Council recording 100% performance last year and making excellent progress with our Local Plan, and recently winning the Yorkshire Property Game Changer award for the Advanced Manufacturing Park and the McLaren project, this is truly fantastic news.”

In recent years, Rotherham planning authority has invested in IT to ensure it is lean, efficient and paperless. One of most inexpensive services in the country, the department has built a reputation for being helpful, flexible and being ‘open for business’.

Rotherham Council’s Strategic Director Regeneration and Environment Damien Wilson said: “This could not have been achieved without our well-motivated, hard-working, experienced, qualified planners. This award gives confidence to businesses looking to invest in jobs, homes and developments within Rotherham.”

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “Rotherham has a reputation as a high achieving, flexible, problem solving planning service, and the team is a strong asset for the Council and the borough. Rotherham’s ambition is to create the right conditions for growth and regeneration, and planning plays a key role in delivering this.”

In addition to demonstrating the good quality planning work, which is completed within a timely manner, Rotherham’s bid was peppered with quotes from customers who praise the planning service, including: ‘”Applications are dealt with promptly and efficiently - an approach that allows development to commence without delay”, “The best planning team we have dealt with in 25 years of regeneration”, “Rotherham planners are amazingly supportive of innovative schemes” and “The best planning authority we, as a national housebuilder, deal with nationally.”