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St Paul’s regeneration crowned ‘Best in the West’!

St Paul's 3Our St Paul’s regeneration was today crowned the ‘Best in the West’ at a special regional award ceremony held by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

 At the ceremony, held at Pittville Pump Rooms on Wednesday 23 July, the RTPI recognised eight projects across the South West for their planning excellence.

 The St Paul’s scheme in Cheltenham was named the ‘overall winner’ for the design created by Bath-based built environment planning and design practice Nash Partnership. The project involved forming a partnership between local residents, Cheltenham Borough Homes, Cheltenham Borough Council, police, other stakeholders and Nash Partnership to renovate the existing housing stock and provide 48 exemplar new homes and community facilities to regenerate the area.

Our Chief Executive, Paul Stephenson, said: “We’re honoured Cheltenham is hosting this award ceremony and want to extend our congratulations to all the worthy winners from across the South West. We are delighted that St Paul’s has been crowned the overall winner and been recognised as a successful development which has regenerated and improved the St Paul’s community, offering high quality and attractive housing. This regeneration has had a big impact for residents and it was their vital input that shaped the final designs and created a community where people are proud to live in now and in the future.”

Nash Partnership’s Urban Design Director Amanda Taylor, who designed the scheme, commented: “We are delighted that the St Pauls project has received this award in recognition of its regional importance. Key to the project’s success was the involvement of the local community, so this regional win is a just reward for everyone who played a part in bringing about the effective regeneration of this area.”

The award follows hot on the heels of an early winner in June when the RTPI announced St Pauls as the winner in its ‘Exemplary Planning to Deliver Housing’ category at its National Awards for Planning Excellence event in London.

Mike Redman, Director of Environmental and Regulatory Services at Cheltenham Borough Council, commented: “We are obviously delighted to have won yet another award for the St Paul’s regeneration project. The scheme deserves recognition for its ground-breaking achievements and these awards recognise the huge contribution of our planning team, the St Paul’s community and our delivery partners, with Cheltenham Borough Homes and Nash Partnership worthy of special mention, who have all worked so effectively together to deliver this outstanding scheme. The benefits to the St Paul’s community will be felt for generations to come.”

The RTPI Awards for Excellence are held annually to highlight exceptional examples of planning and celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society, inspiring others to achieve the same high standards. Projects on the shortlist have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems.


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