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Central View nominated for prestigious planning industry award

Pobl Group’s Central View development has been named as a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning to Deliver Homes - small schemes (up to 50 homes) at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2021.

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

The site of the former Hornblower pub and Bewise store in Newport has been transformed into 38 apartments for the over 55s. The project was joint-funded project by Pobl, Welsh Government and Newport City Council. The scheme includes two planted terraces, a planted rooftop garden with fruit trees, and a rear courtyard.

“We are delighted that our development has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. Central View is a very special scheme, built to the highest design and quality standards, and is a real landmark in Newport city centre. At Pobl, we are committed to creating great places that enhance the local community, and it is wonderful to receive recognition for our work from the RPTI.” Andrew Carbis, Project Manager

RTPI President Wei Yang FRTPI said: “Many congratulations to all the finalists at this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence – these projects, teams and individuals showcase the very best of the planning profession from all the RTPI’s regions and nations and from countries around the world.

“For over 40 years, these prestigious awards have celebrated the exceptional work undertaken by town planners. In the middle of a global pandemic, I believe they are more relevant than ever before, recognising the incredible commitment and dedication of planners who have risen to the challenge of responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on the planning system.

“I wish all the finalists the very best of luck at the ceremony on 29 April.”

Sarah Elliott MRTPI, UK&I Town Planning Lead for Buildings + Places at AECOM, said: “AECOM is proud to once again be a headline sponsor of this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, including new responses driven by the pandemic and climate change. Once again this demonstrates the breadth of the impact the profession has on quality place making and delivery in the built environment, alongside our resilience to evolve and adapt.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held virtually in the Awards Room on Evessio at 4pm on Thursday 29 April 2021.

The RTPI champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. It is the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers. It supports its members – over 26,000 worldwide – throughout their careers.