Preston council triumphs at planning awards


Preston City Council’s planning department has won a pair of awards, including the editor's choice trophy, at the national Planning Awards 2020.

Preston’s City Living Strategy won the Planning for Increased Housing Delivery Award as well as the overall Editor’s Choice Award in recognition of the delivery of quality homes in the inner city n recent years.

The winning programme provides the overarching framework for housing growth in the city centre and surrounding inner suburb developed as a proactive response to previous market challenges around the delivery of housing within inner Preston.

The strategy specifically seeks to attract interest from local, small and medium sized house builders, including both private developers and housing associations, linking to the council’s approach on maximising local spend through the Preston Model.

Councillor Peter Moss, cabinet member for planning and regulation, said: "I’m delighted that Preston has been recognised at a national level for this fantastic work on City Living Preston. I am particularly pleased with the judges' comments about the criteria for selecting winners included 'real social and environmental benefits', 'real benefits for local people' and an 'exemplar approach to kick starting brownfield sites.'"

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