National Commendation for Winchester’s Community ‘Blueprint’

Winchester City Council is celebrating once more after its planning engagement project 'Blueprint' was commended at the national Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) awards ceremony in London last week (Thurs 23 Feb).

The judges praised the project for its innovative approach to planning and for adding an element of fun to the engagement process. The toolkit 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 both regionally and now 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 now received national recognition after our regional success in November last year. 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."

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