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Home > News > Councils' Public Database Nominated for National Award

Councils' Public Database Nominated for National Award

Posted by on 4 February 2019 | Comments

A Babergh and Mid Suffolk database that is the first of its kind in the country has been nominated for the prestigious RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.

The councils’ Exacom Database, which went live in December, has been shortlisted for the awards, run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), in the Excellence in Tech Within Planning Practice category.

The database, which gives web-users access to data on Developer Contributions for development in Babergh and Mid Suffolk going back to 1974, is the first of its kind in the country with Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils recently designated Pilot Authorities by the software’s developer.

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

Cllr Nick Ridley, Babergh District Council Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “Where new development is proposed the public are rightly concerned about the impact upon local infrastructure. This database gives everyone the chance to see exactly how that impact is mitigated and what new investment in infrastructure development brings. It’s wonderful for the hard work of our Infrastructure Team to be recognised by this shortlisting: thank you to the team for their hard work and meeting such a high standard.”

Cllr Glen Horn, Mid Suffolk District Council Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “The Exacom database has been in development for some time, and this shortlisting, coming so swiftly after the publishing of the database, shows just how ground breaking the work has been. As a council we’re committed to both greater transparency and to giving our communities the information they need to get the best results for their residents, and this database is an excellent example of both.”

Ralph Taylor and Geoff Kirby, Directors of Exacom, said: “We are delighted that Babergh and Mid Suffolk have been shortlisted and are now finalists for an Excellence in Technology Within Planning Practice award for the Exacom PFM project. We believe that this is a revolution in planning obligation transparency and will set the future standard in this field for the rest of the UK. We would like to thank Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council for submitting this award Bid and launching the project together with the use of their planning obligation and CIL data.”

RTPI President Ian Tant MRTPI said: “Many congratulations to all this year’s finalists, who demonstrate outstanding contributions to planning, producing a positive effect on our communities, the economy and the environment. They have shown how planners can use their passion and skills to meet needs, deliver high quality design and tackle environmental challenges – they should all be proud of their role as a force for good in society.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court Concert Hall in central London on 24 April 2019.