Low-Carbon Bath triumphs in RTPI Planning Awards, 2012

CSE project wins Sustainable Communities Award

23 February 2012

CSE's Low-Carbon Bath project has emerged triumphant from the Royal Town Planning Institute’s National Planning Awards.

It beat off stiff competition to receive the RTPI's Sustainable Communities award, sponsored by The Crown Estate, at a ceremony in London.

Low-Carbon Bath was a ground-breaking initiative, run in partnership with the Bath Preservation Trust, which engaged the local community in the planning process in the unique and sensitive context of a world heritage site.

CSE’s Rachel Coxcoon was in London to receive the award, presented by Crown Estate’s Chief Executive, Alison Nimmo, and said: “We are surprised and very pleased to have received this award. It shows the RTPI recognised the manner in which, through this process, so many people became engaged with planning issues and understood how planning affects them personally.”

Caroline Kay, chief executive of Bath Preservation Trust, said, " we are delighted and honoured to have received this national award for our work with CSE on 'Low Carbon Bath'. We believe it shows a recognition that the heritage and environmental agendas can and indeed must work together for the good of our communities'

For a full description of Low Carbon Bath, read the project profile here.

One of the main outputs of the project was the guidance book Warmer Bath – 76 pages of practical guidance for the owners of Bath’s traditional buildings that demonstrate how these architectural gems can be made more energy efficient without harm to their heritage value.

The guidance has been so well received it is being included in the development of retrofitting policy in Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Local Development Framework. It has also been heralded as a must-read by authorities in several other historic cities in the UK.

You can find out what the RTPI had to say about Low Carbon Bath here.

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