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DLA has been announced as a finalist in the 2016 Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence with Sport England for their ‘Active Design’ guide in the category ‘Excellence in Planning for Community and Well-Being.’

‘Active Design’, prepared by David Lock Associates and Sport England and supported by Public Health England, is an innovative set of planning and urban design guidelines that aims to get more people moving through the design and layout of places. The ‘Ten Principles of Active Design’ are set out to inspire and inform the design and layout of cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods, buildings, streets and open spaces to promote sport and physical activity and active lifestyles.

To download the guide click here.

Project Director and Planning Partner at DLA Phil Copsey said: “We are delighted to have been nominated for this award which recognises the important role planning has to play in creating the opportunities for more active and healthier lifestyles.”

The RTPI represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes policy and raises professional standards. The Awards for Planning Excellence have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognise planning excellence.

Finalists have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems.

Phil Williams, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“The finalists highlight outstanding examples of planning that have made a positive impact on the local community and environment. The judges will find it difficult separating the finalists and choosing winners given the high calibre of entries this year.”

The Awards ceremony will be held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 5 May 2016.

For more information visit the RTPI website.