Council's planning excellence bags awards

By on 11/07/2013 in News

Birmingham City Council's contribution to the quality of life of its citizens through excellent planning and design has been recognised nationally, as planners scooped two awards from the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute.

On 10th July Birmingham City Council planners won two national awards at the Royal Town Planning Awards ceremony in London:

Kings Heath village square, the new public space created in partnership with All Saints church and the local community won the Excellence in Planning Design for Public Realm award.

The square has made a major contribution to the regeneration of Kings Heath centre and is much loved by the local community, having been transformed into an open landscaped square filled with public art high quality landscaping and a relocated war memorial.  The square hosts popular street markets and arts and community events and was praised by the judges for being 'an outstanding piece of partnership working, delivering a quality piece of new open space.'

And Birmingham's innovative planning approach to helping deliver social and affordable housing with the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) won the Innovative Use of the Planning Management Process award.

Birmingham's Planning Management service was praised for the dedicated way they have helped deliver the most ambitious construction programme of new homes in the country. This new build programme by BMHT is delivering hundreds of affordable but high-quality new homes each year. The judges particularly commended the innovative approach to delivering social housing that lessens the risks for developers and can work without the need for grant aid.

View images of the winning entries

For more information contact Steve McCarthy in the Press Office on 0121 303 3367.

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