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CPRE Sussex named winners at Planning Awards 2017

30 June 2017

‘Making Places’ project wins Award for Community-Led Placemaking

The Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has been recognised at the 2017 Planning Awards for its work on community engagement.

The branch won the Community-Led Placemaking award for its innovative ‘Making Places’ project. The project aims to help local people express what matters to them about the character of their local area.

CPRE Sussex held workshops in seven parishes to understand the communities’ views on what makes their areas special, and to record any local knowledge or understanding that planners could potentially overlook. The findings of these workshops were then collected in a practical manual, which would help local communities and decision makers to work together on neighbourhood plans that respected unique local character.

The Planning Awards, run by Planning magazine in conjunction with PlanningResource and PlacemakingResource, recognise outstanding planning work and excellence in planning-related activities such as regeneration, urban design and placemaking.

Kia Trainor, Director of CPRE Sussex, commented:

“Evidence shows that communities that are properly involved in shaping the future of their local area are more receptive to new development. If you start a conversation with people about what they like in their local area, what gives it character, what makes it special and what could make it even better, you can learn a huge amount which can otherwise be overlooked in conversations at the local plan level about housing numbers.

“At CPRE Sussex we think it is vital that good design becomes central to planning for development at a local level, and we think communities should get more support to lead this. We are delighted that this project has been so well received and we hope to develop it further in the future.”




For further information, contact CPRE Sussex on 01825 890 975.

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