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As part of the executive team, we contributed towards the development of the RNRP Environmental Character and Green Infrastructure Suite, 2006 where the project won awards such as the Landscape Institute ‘Strategic Landscape Planning’ Category, also being Commended in the ‘Landscape Policy Category’ and with the East Midlands Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The Northamptonshire’s Environmental Character Strategy (ECS) and Green Infrastructure (GI) Strategy were two ground-breaking initiatives that place Northamptonshire at the forefront of environmental planning the the United Kingdom.

The suite created a green infrastructure network of environmental projects extending from, Daventry to Peterborough linking the towns of Northampton, Towcester, Wellingbotough, Kettering and Corby.

The Team attended the Landscape Institute Awards Lunch, hosted by Channel 4 News Presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy took place at The Brewery, London on 29th November. The Salcey Forest Treetop Walkway also received a Commendation in the Institute’s coveted Design 1-5ha Award.

The Landscape Institute recognised that the main objective of the study was to assess and then integrated the three primary aspects of Northamptonshire’s environment: the historic, ecological and current landscape.

The ultimate aim was to deliver a character map and description of the county to inform strategic development; inform the preparation of the RSS and local development frameworks and help target new development; and assist in the review of Special Landscape Areas designation.

The brief was specifically designed to encourage innovation in the assessment process and ensure that the study would represent an evolution of the landscape character assessment process, whilst conforming to current best practice guidance.

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