Award winners

Wales Coast Path wins prestigious award

The joint efforts of the organisations involved in developing the Wales Coast Path have been recognised by one of the UK’s most high-profile planning organisations.

The project to create the 870-mile long path won two awards at The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence last night (Wednesday 10 June).

It won the award for exemplary rural planning and the coveted Silver Jubilee Cup.

The team’s entry reflected the efforts of all partners involved, including Natural Resources Wales, sixteen local authorities and two national parks, towards delivering the Welsh Government vision, of officially opening the world’s first continuous footpath around a country’s coastline.

The panel of judges looked at a variety of criteria including innovation, processes, techniques, information systems, programmes of community involvement and improvement to public services to decide the worthy candidates. The judges said the path was an "inspiration" to other planners.

Sue Rice of Natural Resources Wales, said: "The path has been a great success bringing economic benefits to the local communities along it, as well as excellent recreational benefits to the visitors and locals who use it.

"To be recognised by a renowned organisation that represents the planning profession in the UK, such as the RTPI, is an honour for everyone involved."

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence were established to celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society, to highlight exceptional examples of planning and to inspire others to achieve the same high standards.