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Maldon District Council win award for Design Excellence at this year’s Planning Awards 2018

Published on Tuesday, 12th June 2018

Maldon District Council picked up a top national award for Design Excellence for the Maldon District Design Guide, produced by Maldon District Council and BDP.

The Planning Awards are run by Planning magazine in conjunction with Planning Resource and Placemaking Resource.

The Awards recognise excellence in both planning and placemaking recognising outstanding professional planning work and excellence in planning-related activities such as placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing, regeneration, legal advice and environmental consulting.  Submissions were invited across 25 categories.

The Awards ceremony took place on 6 June 2018 and brought together professionals across the industry for a night of both celebration and networking at Savoy Place, a prestigious central London venue overlooking the River Thames.  The judges chose the Maldon District Design Guide from 8 shortlisted projects and strong competition for its ‘ambition, clarity and usability’.

Councillor, Mrs Penny Channer, Chairman of the Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee, said, “On behalf of the Council, I am absolutely delighted to receive such a high accolade for the Council’s District Design Guide.   Where we live and the housing we live in is a key consideration for our well-being and happiness.  Design quality should be inside and outside of our homes, in the streets, public spaces, open spaces and facilities in the wider neighbourhood. 

The Maldon District Design Guide has been prepared in accordance with policy D1 of the local development plan (LDP) to guide developers, designers, community groups and decision makers to deliver high quality design in all development.  I would particularly like to thank Jackie Longman and officers within the Planning Department for their hard work and effort in producing the Maldon District Design Guide.”

The Maldon District Design Guide is a material consideration in determining planning applications and is assisted by a suite of technical documents that focus in more detail on landscape character, open space and play space; air quality, waste management, noise, car parking and internal space standards to assist developers in the design process. 

The Design Guide joins a suite of design documents including Strategic Masterplan Frameworks and Strategic Design Codes to ensure delivery of design excellence for all developments in the Maldon District.