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Regeneration partnership’s ‘can-do’ attitude wins prestigious planning award

NORTH East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration partnership with Engie has won Local Authority Team of the Year at the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious planning awards. 

Regeneration partnership’s ‘can-do’ attitude wins prestigious planning award

The local authority has been working in partnership with Engie for nearly seven years to provide planning services across Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Immingham and the surrounding villages. It focuses on encouraging inward investment, new jobs and regeneration in the borough, while providing the additional capacity, skills and expertise needed to enable growth.

It took the The Local Authority Team of the Year Award at The Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Planning Excellence.

Nick Raynsford, former planning and housing minister and chair of the judging panel, said: “This partnership is a high-performing planning team with a ‘can-do’ attitude. Their ‘enabling not controlling’ attitude to development should be held up as an exemplar. Feedback shows their planners are transparent, proactive, pragmatic, objective and professional. They have some great ideas for best practice including paper free planning, commitment to staff development, joined-up working and face-to-face or telephone engagement rather than email.”

Running for over 40 years, the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society. This year saw a nearly 40 per cent increase in entrants and the judges shortlisted 90 finalists across 13 categories, underlining the achievement.

Cllr Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “This is a great win for the partnership’s planning team. 

“More importantly though, it shows North East Lincolnshire is making strides on the national stage. People are taking notice of what we’re trying to achieve here and the planning team are key to building a borough that’s fit for the future.

“Their efficient and proactive approach is building relationships that help to generate investment and create jobs in North East Lincolnshire.”

His colleague around the table, Marcus Asquith, partnership director for Engie, said: “This is a fantastic moment for the team. I am very happy for them and proud of their achievement. 

“Since the regeneration partnership started in 2010 they have adapted their approach to a more ‘can-do’ and customer focussed service which has resulted in a high performing team that has now been recognised nationally. 

“With an ambitious local plan this is an important critical factor which will assist in  its delivery.”

The two organisations are being brought closer with plans approved to relocate Engie to the town centre. A 2018 move with major refurbishment is being worked up, bringing the outsourced services ‘back’ from Europarc to New Oxford House in Osborne Street, in what will be a boost for retailers in Grimsby, with 170 more office workers on the doorstep.

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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