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BEST PLAN: Watford Local Plan voted as one of the best in East of England

 Published on: 5th July 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford’s Local Plan has been recognised as one of the best in the East of England for its dedicated and innovative approach.

Watford Borough Council (WBC) was victorious in the Best Plan category at the RTPI East of England Awards for Planning Excellence on June 22.

This was despite stiff competition from areas such as East Suffolk, Bedford and Greater Cambridge.

The Local Plan sets out a guide for growth in the borough and is used to guide development, protect the environment, develop the economy, improve facilities, and support sustainable travel.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “The recognition we have received through this award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our Planning Policy team.

“This award has rightly highlighted the importance we have placed on sustainability and adapting our town to deal with the effects of climate change. It is also really good to see that our engagement with the community and partners has been recognised as a particular strength.”

One of the key aspects of the plan is to try to ensure that new homes are designed to the highest standards both in terms of environmental friendliness and affordability for residents.

Ben Martin, associate director for planning, infrastructure and economy, said: “The council’s achievement in winning the Best Plan category demonstrates its commitment to innovative planning practices and its dedication to ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future for the community.

“The council’s visionary approach, despite the challenges faced, sets an example for other local authorities in overcoming obstacles and delivering effective planning solutions.”

The Local Plan has now been entered into the national awards, with the shortlist set to be revealed on October 9.

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