Three young planners and six planning schemes are in the running to win at this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) West Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence.

Projects nominated for the prestigious RTPI West Midlands Award for Planning Excellence include large infrastructure schemes, state of the art housing and sports facility redevelopment.

In the West Midlands Young Planner of the Year category three individuals have made the shortlist for their commitment and enthusiasm for innovative planning in the region.

The RTPI represents 25,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards. The Awards for Planning Excellence in the West Midlands celebrate examples of how planning and planners make a positive impact on our quality of life, creating exceptional places to live, play and work whilst protecting our environment.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in late November 2021. The shortlisted 2021 entries are:

RTPI West Midlands Award for Planning Excellence

·         Alexander Stadium Redevelopment

·         Coventry Cathedral Conservation Management Plan

·         Glasswater Locks

·         HS2 Phase One Automated People Mover

·         West Bromwich Outdoor Market

·         The West Midlands National Park (WMNP)

RTPI West Midlands Young Planner of the Year

·         Kamil Rog

·         Myles Wild-Smith

·         Simeon Shtebunaev

Ashley Baldwin, chair of RTPI West Midlands judging panel, said: “The submissions for both categories were extremely impressive this year and represent the region positively. The shortlisting process was difficult given the quality and range of submissions.

“The challenges arising from the pandemic were significant for individuals and project teams, and it is clear that the talent within the region has been able to adapt to these challenges effectively. We are very much looking forward to celebrating our winners at our awards ceremony in Birmingham on 25th November.”

The RTPI West Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence 2021 are sponsored by No5 Chambers and Tetra Tech.