SLR’s planning excellence recognised in RTPI Awards shortlist
Two very different SLR projects have been recognised with award nominations in this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence, yet again showcasing the firm's skill and versatility.
The company’s masterplanning expertise is in contention for the ‘Innovative planning practice in plan making’ award, for SLR’s work on Paisley Town Centre’s Asset Strategy and the firm’s project management skills are recognised with the AmeyCespa, Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park scheme being shortlisted in the ‘Innovative planning practice in decision taking’ category.
The Paisley project is a culture-driven regeneration initiative for Scotland’s largest town. The strategy involves using the town’s outstanding architecture and wealth of cultural assets and collections to drive its economic regeneration and establish itself as an international destination for Scottish culture and contemporary performing arts. The approach will utilise 'cultural city' best practice exemplars that have delivered 'step change' impacts on towns and cities across the UK and Ireland in recent years.
SLR’s Technical Director, Paul McTernan, said: “This project shows how a regeneration planning methodology can leverage fundamental change in the way towns and cities use their cultural asset base as a platform for economic and social well-being. It is a project about the heart and soul of place.”
SLR also handled the development of the Environmental Statement and planning application for the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park, which has been nominated in the ‘Innovative planning practice in decision taking’ category for AmeyCespa and Milton Keynes Council's Planning Authority.
The scheme, which will have the capacity to process up to 140,000tpa of municipal, industrial and commercial residual waste and will generate approximately 7MW of renewable energy. The facility will comprise Mechanical Treatment, a combined Anaerobic Digestion (AD) In-Vessel Composting system and an Advanced Thermal Treatment Facility, as well as a visitor centre, offices and weighbridge.
SLR Technical Director and Project Manager, Chris Herbert, commented: “A key factor in the successful delivery of the planning permission for this project was the integrated approach adopted by the client, the local planning authority and SLR – to ensure that revisions made during the consultation and pre-application phases of the project were integrated smoothly into the final submission.”