Award nomination

Wales Coast Path up for 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 will be highlighted at The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence this month.

The team’s entry reflects 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 look 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. Led by Sir Terry Farrell CBE, they have shortlisted the path in the category for Exemplary Rural Planning.

Rivalled by two other projects on the category shortlist, the winner will be announced at the RTPI Awards ceremony in London on July 10.

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 planning and improvement of the Path is an on-going project that requires great skill and cooperation between our partners, and to be acknowledged on the shortlist after just one year since the Path’s opening is fantastic."

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.