We’re delighted that Torbay’s Heritage Strategy, developed by HAP consultant Katherine Findlay in partnership with Torbay Council and Torbay Culture, has been shortlisted for an award from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The strategy is a finalist for the RTPI South West Award for Excellence in Plan Making Practice. The Awards champion the very best examples of planning and planners in the South West and demonstrate the positive impact planning has on our quality of life and celebrate professional expertise.

I’m absolutely delighted that we have been shortlisted for this award. Our clients on this project, Torbay Council and Torbay Culture, have supported a creative and collaborative approach that integrates planning in a historic environment with economic, social and cultural development. It’s very pleasing that RTPI has recognised that vision and the work that has gone into bringing it to fruition.

Katherine Findlay, HAP Consultant

To develop the strategy, HAP carried out consultations with over 800 people and numerous organisations and partnerships – including local museums, heritage organisations, National Trust and the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. We also worked closely with Historic England. HAP consultant Katherine Findlay has also been carrying out follow up work including a recently published Heritage Interpretation Framework, and ongoing action-planning which was supported by the government’s Culture Recovery Fund award to Torbay Culture from the Heritage Fund.

Decisions on the RTPI awards will be made during November. You can read more about the RTPI awards here.

The Torbay Heritage Strategy can be viewed and downloaded here.