Regional Award for Winchester’s Community ‘Blueprint’

Winchester City Council is celebrating after its planning engagement project ‘Blueprint’ won a regional Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) award at a ceremony in Brighton at the end of November.

The judges praised the project for its innovative approach to the planning process and for the creativity behind the characters and toolkit, which was designed to get residents and groups to think about other people’s needs and futures as well as their own.

The project was set around six characters that represented the demographics of the Winchester district and asked people to consider their housing, employment and social needs over the next 20 years. Blueprint was part of the Council’s work on the Local Development Framework and has been recognised nationally as good practice in making Localism a reality. It succeeded in successfully gaining a very broad community response from people who on the whole had not engaged with the Council before on planning matters. The characters and techniques created for Blueprint are already being used to gain insight on other council projects and will be a key part of our engagement work over the next few years.

Cllr Rob Humby, Portfolio Holder for Planning said,

I am delighted that this excellent and innovative project has received both regional and national recognition. The design and implementation of the project was carried out completely in-house by council officers and was a very effective, yet value for money way of offering residents the opportunity to engage with the Council on the future of their local areas.”

The project will now go forward to the national RTPI awards in February.
To see more about the project visit or if you are interested in learning more about the project and how to use the toolkit in other organisations please contact Eleanor Davies, Head of Corporate Communications or Jenny Nell Principal Planning Officer