A Sustainable and Resilient Northern Power House: A Charrette for the North is a finalist in the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement category at the 2017 Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence.

The Charrette for the North organised by the University of Liverpool’s Department of Geography and Planning, involved key stakeholders from academia, the public, private and voluntary sectors and took place just days before the EU Referendum. The report on the outcomes `A Sustainable and Resilient Northern Powerhouse’ identifies ten key points for rebalancing Britain with a strong and inclusive North of England. The report is available to download via the following link


The Charette was sponsored by Turley, Ramboll, the Peel Group and Protos and was organised in partnership with the North West Business Leadership Team, Atlantic Gateway Parklands and the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute.

The Awards for Research Excellence are run by the RTPI to recognise and promote high quality, impactful spatial planning research from RTPI accredited planning schools, and planning consultancies around the world.

Sue Kidd, Senior Lecturer with the University’s Department of Geography & Planning, said:

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. The initial ideas for the charrette came before the EU Referendum vote. Now, in light of its outcome, there is an even stronger case for the North to take control of the agenda to rebalance Britain and we hope that the ten points identified in the Sustainable and Resilient Northern Powerhouse report will help in framing a better future for the region.’

Dr Michael Harris, RTPI’s Head of Research, said:

“The RTPI Research Awards have gone from strength to strength. The growing body of high quality research work in planning is impressive but more importantly, it is a positive sign that more academic researchers want to reach out to practitioners and policymakers with insights and findings that can inform and influence their work. This is what the Awards celebrate and I am pleased that RTPI planning schools and planning consultancies have responded.”

Andrew Riley, Chief Executive Officer at Idox plc commented: “

High-quality research is key to increasing our understanding of how planning can help create sustainable places for people to live and work. As the UK’s leading provider of planning and building control solutions to local authorities, Idox is very proud to be continuing our relationship with the RTPI and supporting the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence in 2017.”

Jonathan Manley, Publisher for Planning and Urban Studies Journals at Routledge/T&F said:

“As RTPI’s publisher, Routledge/T&F are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the RTPI Research Awards. RTPI’s mission to reward the best in planning research complements our own ambition to publish the work of not only those with an established reputation in the field but also scholars at the dawn of their career”.

The winners will be announced on 12 September during the 2017 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference at Cardiff University.

The full list of finalists are available. See who won last year’s awards.

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For more information

Josh Rule RTPI: 020 7 929 8182 / Joshua.Rule@rtpi.org.uk

Sue Kidd University of Liverpool 0151 794 3111 / suekidd@liv.ac.uk



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About the University of Liverpool Charrette for the North

The Charrette for the North was held as part of the University of Liverpool’s Framing the Future event series championing excellence in place making, sustainable development, and planning for the future of cities and regions. Organised by Civic Design – the world’s first planning school (now part of the Department of Geography and Planning) – it aims to make connections between the academic community and practitioners in the outside world and provide a neutral forum for vigorous debate and imaginative thinking about key planning issues of the day.