How To Enter

Entries are open to any individual, organisation or partnership involved in professional planning work, or related activities such as placemaking, regeneration, urban design and economic development, is eligible for entry. Entries are welcomed from the public, private or voluntary/community sector, anywhere in the UK.

Your submission
Please provide the following information
  • Project name
  • Name of company submitting entry
  • 200 words explaining how it meets the general criteria
  • 300 words explaining how it meets the category-specific criteria
  • 150 words explaining if/how your entry displays the following:
        - originality
        - the potential for long-lasting impact
        - involvement of, and benefit to, local people
        - value for money and/or financial viability 

General criteria
In evaluating all entries, the judges will above all else be looking for:
  • Evidence that entries have improved or are likely to improve the physical or environmental quality of a place or the economic or social well-being of a community 

The judges will also be looking for the following qualities:

• Originality
• The potential for long-lasting impact
• Involvement of, and benefit to, local people
• Value for money and/or financial viability

Support Material
You may support your entry with additional material such as evaluations, inspection reports, press cuttings or testimonials to back up statements made in your submission. However, please be aware that the supporting material’s key messages (the points that you feel have the most bearing on why it should win an award) will need to be concisely summarised in the main submission, allowing the judges to refer to the supporting material if they want more detail.

Visual support material, such as plans, drawings, good quality photographs, videos or architectural visualisations will in many cases help the judges understand the case for your entry to win an award.

You may upload up to 3 supporting images only online, any extra support material must be posted to;

Tamsin Ballantyne 
The Planning Awards
Bridge House,
69 London Road,


All entries must relate to work either carried out or completed since 1 October 2016.

You should make clear in the entry when your work took place, so that the judges can satisfy themselves that it took place within the eligible period.

Entry Deadlines

Early Bird Deadline: Midnight 5th January 
Standard Entry Deadline: Midnight 25th January*
Extended Entry Deadline: Midnight 9th February*

*subject to late fee

Entry fees

All entries from public and private sectors are:

Primary entry: £150 +VAT
Secondary entries: £130 +VAT
Charity entries: £75 +VAT

**Please note a late fee of £60 will apply to each entry submitted after midnight on Friday 5 January.

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