Horsham District Council has been named as a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning for Homes at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.
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.
Abingworth Meadows is a high quality development which provides 159 dwellings and significant community benefits for the village of Thakeham, West Sussex.
The development will include 16 affordable housing units and 20 local worker units, key to providing homes for existing villagers who want to stay in Thakeham.
Also included as part of the development will be a village hall and shop, a pre-school nursery, community workshops/studios, football pitches and changing rooms, a cricket pitch and pavilion, a children’s play area, attractive open spaces and allotments.
Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Development, Cllr Claire Vickers, said: “I am delighted that we have been shortlisted for such a prestigious national award.
“Abingworth Meadows is an exceptional development. Not only does it create much needed homes but it brings with it so many community benefits for existing and future residents and the local economy.”
RTPI President, Ian Tant, MRTPI, said: “Many congratulations to this year’s finalists, who demonstrate outstanding contributions to planning, producing a positive effect on our communities, the economy and the environment.
“They have shown how planners can use their passion and skills to meet needs, deliver high quality design and tackle environmental challenges – they should all be proud of their role as a force for good in society.”
The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court Concert Hall in central London on 24 April 2019.