South Staffordshire Council has been shortlisted for the UK Planning Authority of the Year award.
It is among just seven authorities across the country to be in the running for the prestigious national accolade from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
The shortlisting follows South Staffordshire Council’s success in being named RTPI Planning Authority of the Year - West Midlands back in June. The summer ceremony also saw the authority scoop the RTPI Chair’s Special Award for staff development and progression.
Lead planning manager at the council, Kelly Harris, has also been shortlisted for the national Inspirational Leader of the Year award by RTPI. She is among just eight leaders from across the UK to have made it to the shortlist.
The winners for both awards will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, November 21.
Councillor Victoria Wilson, deputy leader of South Staffordshire Council and cabinet member for planning and business enterprise, said: “We are extremely proud to be in the running for the national Planning Authority of the Year award. Simply to have been shortlisted is a huge achievement – and a testament to the commitment and hard work from all the planning team.
“I would also like to congratulate our lead planning manager for her outstanding success in being among those shortlisted for the national Inspirational Leader of the Year award. Kelly has been instrumental in establishing a truly holistic planning service and to be in the running for this accolade is much deserved.
“We have already been celebrated as a council that nurtures its staff and that delivers a first-class planning service in the region – but to be recognised nationally in this way is fantastic.”
For more information on the awards see: RTPI | RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2023