A school scheme designed to enhance educational excellence and inclusive schooling, and a project which used drones to help monitor coastal erosion have both been shortlisted in the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Planning Excellence Awards 2019.
The ‘Planning and Delivery of Schools: Attleborough’ scheme is in the running for the Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing Award. The NPS Planning Consultancy Team, on behalf of Norfolk County Council, helped to identify and secure sites for three new schools in Attleborough to meet demand from planned housing growth.
In early 2018:
- a new primary school was delivered in Attleborough;
- the junior school was expanded to become a second primary school allowing the high school to expand on the former infant school site; and
- a new special educational needs school was delivered in nearby Old Buckenham.
This has provided a more sustainable and inclusive form of school development, to meet a significant growth in demand and to deliver excellence in education.
The team has also been shortlisted in the Excellence in Tech within Planning category, with their project ‘Drones in Coastal Management Planning in North Norfolk’.
Planners have a pivotal role to play in helping to shape the way our communities and our coastal areas respond to climate change and need the necessary tools to monitor, manage and plan for change. The team’s use of drone technology to help monitor cliff retreat and climate change on the North Norfolk Coast helped inform coastal management planning in Happisburgh (one part of the coast under particular pressure). The data from the drone technology has helped inform the position of a coastal defence/rock sill to slow down coastal retreat, buying time for the local community to manage change.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 April 2019.