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Lincolns Heritage Connect wins coveted regional planning award

25 November 2011

The City of Lincoln Councils "Heritage Connect" is the overall winner of the prestigious 2011 East Midlands Royal Town Planning Institute Awards (RTPI), sponsored by Browne Jacobson.

The winner was announced at the annual award ceremony held at Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshires Country Cricket Ground.

Heritage Connect is a website that splits up the city into 108 different character areas and displays information about its history, development, environment and character. Planners and developers use it to ensure new developments contribute or add to an area, and members of the public are using it as evidence when commenting on planning applications, and it is potentially extremely useful for creating neighbourhood plans.

In giving the Browne Jacobson LLP sponsored award, President of the RTPI Richard Summers said: "The Lincoln Heritage Connect project is an outstanding interactive web-based town character assessment. The joint Lincoln City Council and English Heritage initiative led by Adam Partington, Townscape Manager, is the well deserved overall winner of the East Midlands RTPI Planning Awards. I was particularly impressed by the contribution that the character assessment is making to locally distinctive place shaping in plan making and development management decisions."

Pete Boswell, Head of Planning Services at the City of Lincoln Council, said: "Heritage Connect Lincoln is helping to manage change in the city, as we are using it in the planning process when looking at the overall vision for the city. It is a fantastic tool to use when considering how new developments and changes to the citys built environment contribute to the historic, current and future character of a particular place. Developers are already on board with using Heritage Connect and the evidence it displays to improve their designs and help us to grow the city in the right way. Wed like to encourage more residents of Lincoln to use the site - for their own knowledge and pleasure, but especially as a way of commenting on planning applications and making their own aspirations for a place known."

Commenting on the very strong award submissions, Steve Coult from the sponsors of the event, solicitors Browne Jacobson LLP, said: "Another year of very high quality entries justifies Browne Jacobsons association with the East Midlands Awards. We are an innovating law firm with a strong planning practice and are happy to support recognition for the best new practice amongst planners in the region."

In addition to the overall winner, the following schemes received awards in particular categories:

  • Haven Court Affordable Housing, Boston Borough Council (regeneration)
  • Moat Lane Regeneration Project, WNDC & South Northamptonshire Council (public realm)
  • Heritage Connect Project, City of Lincoln (planning process category, and overall winner).

The following schemes received commendations:

  • Derwent Meadows, Derby City Council
  • Northamptonshire Minerals and Waste Development, Framework, Northamptonshire County Council
  • Elm Bank Care Home, Kettering Borough Council

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