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Planning excellence accolade for Cranbrook submission

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West has judged a submission describing the work of East Devon District Council and the New Growth Point Team in creating the new community of Cranbrook as the best in one of the categories at its annual Planning Excellence Awards in Cheltenham.

The Council’s submission, ‘Cranbrook New Community’ was up against a whole range of very high quality entries and came out top in the RTPI SW category 'Other Planning Work'.

The submission document was jointly created by the members of the growth point delivery team, the council planning team and in-house graphic design team.

The Leader and Deputy Leader of East Devon District Council, Councillor Paul Diviani and Councillor Andrew Moulding and Matthew Dickins, Planning Policy Manager, collected the award on behalf of all those involved at a ceremony held by the RTPI SW at the Pittville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham.

Hard work

Following the event, Councillor Paul Diviani said:

“There was a wide spectrum of entries of high quality, which were rigorously tested. We are delighted to have triumphed. “I would like to acknowledge the time, hard work and creativity of the team who have made Cranbrook so successful and helped our submission to become a winner.

“The RTPI SW judging panel were clearly impressed with what they saw and heard when they came to Cranbrook and felt our submission communicated the scale, the ambition and our journey to date in an engaging and effective way”.

The document charts Cranbrook’s beginnings and showcases how the planning process has helped to put in place some of the things that are making the new town so popular with local people, such as new schools, public transport, green spaces, low carbon heating and community facilities.

Issued 31 July 2014 by EDDC / EEDGP


Caption Pictured left to right: Councillor Andrew Moulding (EDDC Deputy Leader), Matthew Dickins (Planning Policy Manager), Councillor Paul Diviani (EDDC Leader) receive the Planning Excellence Award for ‘best entry’ from David Lowin, WYG Planning – sponsors of the event and Professor Chris Balch from Plymouth University and RTPI SW Chair 2014.