Dartmoor planning team reach housing development finals

By Sam Hall in Local People

A HOUSING development in the heart of Dartmoor has bagged itself a place in the finals of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Planning Excellence.

Stafford Close in Christow, a development of 18 passivhaus properties and the first of its kind in a UK National Park, is up for an award in the Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing category.

Chris Hart, planning team manager at Dartmoor National Park, said: ‘It is an excellent example of collaborative working delivering an eye catching, energy efficient development meeting the aspirations of the community of Christow.

‘It provides affordable housing in a rural setting where average property prices are often beyond the means of many local residents.’

President of the Royal Town Planning Institute Stephen Wilkinson said: ‘The finalists represent some outstanding contributions to planning which are making a positive impact for the community and environment.

‘The judges will find it difficult choosing the winners given the high calibre of entries this year.’

This year’s event has seen an increase in entrants of about 40 per cent and judges have shortlisted 90 finalists across 14 categories.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court at the Barbican in London on June 15.

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