Low Carbon Bath nominated for national award

Recognition for project tackling heritage and climate change

8 August 2011

Low Carbon Bath, CSE’s recent project to tackle climate change in the historic city of Bath, has been shortlisted for the RTPI’s 2011 Planning Awards, in both the regional and national award categories.

The project, which involved consultation with members of the city’s green and heritage groups, architects and developers, sixth-form students and members of the public, looked at developing planning policy on heritage and climate change. The results of the consultation displayed a strong need for consistent guidance for everyone to follow – culminating in the publishing of the Warmer Bath guidance (click here for PDF).

The local authority, Bath and North East Somerset Council, is now drafting a Supplementary Planning Document building on the study and guidance which will fill a recognised policy vacuum in the city.

Rachel Coxcoon managed the project for CSE.

“We’re delighted that CSE’s work has been recognised through being shortlisted for this award. All the responses we’ve received about the Warmer Bath book have so far been extremely positive, and prove that there was a real need for this guidance. Councillors, planning officers, green groups, architects and developers from cities and towns across the UK have all been in touch to get hold of their copy.”

Nominated in the ‘planning process’ category, the award looks for projects which offer an “innovative and imaginative use of the planning process to achieve positive results, including through active and effective involvement of communities and integration with other strategies.”

Low Carbon Bath is one of 34 to be shortlisted for the awards in nine categories, including public realm, rural areas and the natural environment, spatial strategies and sustainable communities. A full list of nominees can be found here.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in February 2012.

CSE worked alongside the Bath Preservation Trust and Bath and North East Somerset Council on the guidance, which was a part of CSE’s PlanLoCaL project.

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