The Arnside and Glencoyne Regeneration Team came runners up in the recent Royal Town Planning Institute – Southwest Branch Awards – for Planning Excellence. The awards celebrate exceptional examples of planning which will make valuable contributions to society through aiming to transform economies, environments and communities. These qualities have been recognised by the Institute in the plans for Glencoyne Square.
Led by Southmead Resident Mike Murch, the planners and architects from Nash Partnership and Streets Reimagined attended the ceremony at the new Somerdale/Chocolate Quarter development in Keynsham. Somerdale was the overall winner, but as ‘Highly Commended’ the Southmead plans came second, being celebrated in particular for the quality and extent of the work led by, and alongside, Southmead Residents to prepare the masterplan and planning application for the development of Glencoyne Square.
All the award entries were of an extremely high standard and included plans for Bedminster Green in Bristol, a regeneration project in Taunton, the regeneration of quarries in Dorset, and the renovation of the Grade 11-listed Swanage Pier. However, as runners up, the Southmead plans beat them all!
Mike said, “we are absolutely delighted with this recognition for the way the community has worked with the professionals to make sure that the regeneration in Southmead is going to be how residents want it and that it will benefit generations to come. Fingers crossed for planning permission in March!”.