Debenham Parish Council’s shortlisting for a national planning award for its Neighbourhood Plan puts it into contention with major city schemes. The others shortlisted for for the national plan-making prize are from Manchester, Sheffield, Milton Keynes and the London boroughs of Camden, Lewisham, Enfield.
Being selected for the awards, organised by Planning magazine, is a remarkable endorsement for the Parish Council, the Neighbourhood Plan delivery group, and those who contributed to consultations. And everyone who voted to achieve the 95.5 percent support in the local referendum.
The Debenham plan is for the development of the neighbourhood until 2036 and envisages a substantial increase in population to enable the development of local services while preserving the character of the village.
Having being vetted by an independent planner and voted on in the referendum it now part of the statutory planning process in Mid Suffolk.
The other contenders for the Plan-making award are:
- The redevelopment of the Drummond Street at the corner of London’s Euston Road and Hampstead Road adjacent to the HS2 terminal and Euston station.
- Enfield’s new Local Plan and heritage strategy.
- MK2050, Milton Keynes Strategic Growth Study.
- New Cross Area Framework. It maps a series of transformational strategies for this area of Lewisham borough.
- Mayfield Partnership a £1.4 billion public and private project to regenerate a run-down area of central Manchester next to Piccadilly Station.
The winners of all the planning awrs categories are due to be announced at a ceremony in London onSeptember 24.