St Albans planning group shortlisted for national award

People arranged at the charrette organised by Look! St Albans about the regeneration of the civic ce

People arranged at the charrette organised by Look! St Albans about the regeneration of the civic centre - Credit: Archant

The group behind the regeneration of St Albans civic centre are amongst the finalists for a top planning award.

Charrette organised by Look! St Albans to discuss the Civic Centre regeneration

Charrette organised by Look! St Albans to discuss the Civic Centre regeneration - Credit: Archant

Half a dozen organisations, including St Albans district council and Look! St Albans, have been working together to redevelop the area near the Alban Arena. For their work, they have been shortlisted for excellence in plan making practice at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence.

The council’s executive leader, Councillor Julian Daly, said: “To be short-listed for this excellence award is a terrific endorsement of the work that has gone into the scheme so far.”

At the cente of the group’s work was a series of public meetings held over a weekend last September to allow people to chance to see plans and speak to developers.

Vanessa Gregory, Chair of Look! St Albans, said: “I am over the Moon for all involved. To be shortlisted for such a prestigious award is in no small measure down to the over 166 people who gave a combined 1,000 hours plus of their time to the charrette.”

Picture of a break-out group from the charrette organised by Look! St Albans

Picture of a break-out group from the charrette organised by Look! St Albans - Credit: Archant

Further details about the charrette can be viewed at www.lookstalbans.org/ccos, or visit rtpi.org.uk/events/awards to find out more about the RTPI awards.


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