Broadland project reaches national planning award finals

Our affordable housing strategy in north Norfolk has reached the finals of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2021. In November, the project was the eastern region winner.

Our North Norfolk District Wide Affordable Housing Strategy is a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning to Deliver Homes – small schemes category.

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

Broadland’s innovative strategy took advantage of changes to national policy. It linked 5 mixed tenure schemes (Binham, Trunch, Erpingham, Edgefield and Great Ryburgh) in one Section 106 Agreement. Market homes sales have subsidised the delivery of 61 affordable homes in an area with a chronic affordable housing shortage.

Andrew Savage, Executive Development Director, said:

This is fantastic news – it is incredibly rewarding to provide well designed affordable homes for people with strong family or work ties to north Norfolk, who would otherwise be priced out of the area.

We are very grateful to our partners North Norfolk District Council, Bidwell’s, Ingleton Wood, Hudson’s, Rossi Long, RG Carter, Wellington Construction and H Smith Honingham who have helped us to make it happen.

RTPI President Wei Yang FRTPI said:

Many congratulations to all the finalists at this year’s awards. These projects, teams and individuals showcase the very best of the planning profession from all the RTPI’s regions and nations and from countries around the world.

Sarah Elliott UK&I Town Planning Lead for Buildings + Places at AECOM, the headline sponsor, said:

The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, including new responses driven by the pandemic and climate change. Once again this demonstrates the breadth of the impact the profession has on quality place making and delivery in the built environment, alongside our resilience to evolve and adapt.

The winners will be announced during a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday 29 April 2021.

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. It supports its members – over 26,000 worldwide – throughout their careers.

About the RTPI
The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities.

Using its expertise and research it brings evidence and thought leadership to shape planning policies and thinking, putting the profession at the heart of society’s big debates. 

It sets the standards of planning education and professional behaviour that give planners, wherever they work in the world, a unique ability to meet complex economic, social and environmental challenges. 

It is the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers in both private and public sectors.