Planning awards for district council

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TWO Royal Town Planning Institute awards have been given to Horsham District Council for its partnership work on an innovative development in Washington.

The Council was declared overall joint winner at the South East Royal Town Planning Institute awards and also winner of the Equalities and Diversity Design category the awards ceremony in November.

The winning development was for the conversion and extension of redundant farm buildings at East Clayton Farm, Washington into accommodation for eight people with disabilities and accommodation for five staff with offices and ancillary accommodation.

The award recognised the partnership work between Horsham District Council, Lee Evans Partnership LLP and Lorica Trust, which all shared in the honour.

The design team and Horsham District Council was given specific praise for the determination and enthusiasm demonstrated in the design and management approaches. The Council was also praised for its ‘thinking outside the box’ approach to finding a planning solution for such a project in a rural location.

Horsham District Council, Lee Evans Partnership LLP and the Lorica Trust are now being nominated for a Nation Royal Town Planning Institute award at the national award ceremony on February 3.

Councillor Peter Rowlinson, Cabinet Member for Planning and the Environment at Horsham District Council, said: “I am delighted Horsham District Council has achieved this recognition for the way our planners have worked with the developers and the Lorica Trust in turning around what was a disused building into such a great facility for young people with disabilities.

“It just goes to show what can be achieved through a constructive partnership approach with developers.”