#dlmasterplan – Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan has been shortlisted in the 'Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places' category at the 2015 Planning Awards for Excellence. The Awards, run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) will be held at the Pullman London St Pancras Monday, 6th July 2015.
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan was published in 2011 following extensive consultation with harbour stakeholders. The plan seeks to extend the recreational and amenity value of the harbour; to promote investment; and to generate sufficient revenue from commercial operations to ensure the sustainability of the maintenance programme and marine facility that the harbour provides. In short, the objective is to transform the harbour into a living, vibrant area, offering facilities for people to live, work and relax. The Masterplan envisages development over a 15 - 20 year period. It will be reviewed every five years.
Gerry Dunne, the CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said today: "I am delighted that our Masterplan has been nominated for such a prestigious award. A huge amount of work was put into the drafting of the Masterplan which aims to transform the harbour into a living, vibrant area for people to live work and relax, while at the same time preserving the unique character that has made the harbour such an amenity over decades.
"The nomination comes at a time when we are in the midst of a public consultation process on one of the key proposals in the Masterplan – the development of a new cruise ship berth facility, to enable the harbour to cater for new, larger cruise ships. This will be a great boost for all those who want to see Dun Laoghaire Harbour thrive", Mr. Dunne said
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.
This year's headline sponsor is AECOM with other sponsors and supporters including Bilfinger GVA, The Planner, Planning Aid England and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said: "The shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. The 80 finalists highlight exceptional examples of planning that have made an impact and brought considerable benefits. It will be a tremendous challenge picking individual category winners from such a high quality field."
Andrew Jones, Practice Leader for Design, Planning + Economics, EMEA at AECOM said:
"AECOM is proud to be this year's headline sponsor of the RTPI's Awards for Planning Excellence. The shortlist is a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which really demonstrate the impact the profession has on quality and delivery in the built environment. We look forward to seeing which entries the judges select as the category winners."
Projects on the shortlist 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.