North East Lincolnshire Council nominated for prestigious planning award
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 15 Mar 2017
North East Lincolnshire Council has been nominated as a finalist for a prestigious planning award.
The council alongside its partner Engie, are finalists for the the Royal Town Planning Institute's Awards for Planning Excellence 2017, which will be awarded at a special ceremony held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 15 June.
Now in its sixth year, the partnership is recognised in the national statistics as one of the best performing Local Planning Authority's in the UK which includes 100 per cent of major planning applications dealt within 13 weeks or in an agreed time and 98 per cent of minor and other applications dealt within eight weeks or in an agreed time.
Moreover the authority has been recognised by the Planning and Advisory Service (PAS) and Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as an exemplar in terms of process and delivery.
For the last 40 years the RTPI Awards have been the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry, celebrating exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.
Cllr David Watson, portfolio holder for energy and environment at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "It's a credit to the team that this is the second time they've reached the finals of these national awards.
"They've earned local and national recognition for their efficient and proactive approach to the whole planning service and built relationships that are helping to generate investment and create jobs in North East Lincolnshire."
Marcus Asquith, account director at Engie, said: "We are absolutely delighted to once again be announced as finalists for the Local Authority Planning Team of the Year.
"The statistics speak for themselves and demonstrate the outstanding progress the partnership team has made.
"The Planning Team offer a first class service to encourage and enable the right developments in the right places, facilitating the development and growth of the area."
This year saw a nearly 40 per cent increase in entrants and the judges have shortlisted 90 finalists across 14 categories with an overall winner awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup.
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."
The RTPI champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. It is the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers.