Leicester Urban Observatory

Leicester City Council shortlisted for 3 National Planning awards

Leicester City Council has been successful in being nominated as a finalist in 3 categories of the 2017 RTPI National Planning Excellence awards.

The 3 projects show the diversity of exemplary planning work being undertaken in the city- from adopting a new ‘Local List’ of heritage assets which values and protects important local buildings and structures:(http://www.rtpi.org.uk/events/awards/awards-for-planning-excellence/shortlist-2017/excellence-in-planning-for-heritage/);

380 assets now benefit from inclusion on the ‘Local List’; and most are being awarded enhanced protection through the approval of ‘Article 4 Directions’ which provide extra planning control

to an enforcement case which secured the removal of tonnes of waste from a residential property in the city which has transformed the lives of neighbours: (http://www.rtpi.org.uk/events/awards/awards-for-planning-excellence/shortlist-2017/excellence-in-planning-for-well-being/);

Before: council action cleared over 20 tonnes of material from the site
………and after

…and the construction of an innovative nature conservation,  flood-defence and  access scheme at Ellis Meadows which has transformed part of Leicester’s riverside (http://www.rtpi.org.uk/events/awards/awards-for-planning-excellence/shortlist-2017/excellence-in-planning-for-the-innovative-delivery-of-infrastructure/)

Enhanced environment, biodiversity, flood protection and walking/cycling connectivity


The awards will be made in June this year, but the benefits of the projects are real and valued locally whatever the outcome.