Torbay shortlisted for planning award for heritage strategy
Torbay Council and Torbay Culture at TDA have been shortlisted for the RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2021.
Both commissioned an independent heritage consultancy firm, Heritage Arts and People (HAP), to update the region’s heritage strategy.
The jury pre-selected Torbay’s heritage strategy 2021-2026 in the category “Excellence in the practice of planning”.
The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony in November.
The awards recognize outstanding planners, plans and projects that demonstrate the power of planning.
The awards highlight outstanding examples of how planning and urban planners positively impact quality of life by creating exceptional places and protecting the environment.
The Torbay Council Firm formally adopted the Heritage Strategy in November 2020.
Over 800 local people engaged in the process, including more than two dozen organizations and partnerships, including local museums, heritage organizations, the National Trust and the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.
To define the strategy, the council worked closely with the two national heritage bodies – Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The strategy is in two parts, with the strategy in part one and part two providing thematic priorities around “Our Stories” informed by the public consultation.
The aim of the new strategy is to clarify the council’s approach to heritage and enable it to develop plans for specific locations.
Councilor Swithin Long, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing, said: “Torbay Council is committed to making culture and heritage part of our future ambitions.
“These things are important to the people of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay, and the adoption of this new strategy and the next action plan – supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Torbay Culture – will play a valuable role in this development. “