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Three UK authorities were presented with major EU planning awards today at a ceremony in Brussels. ...
Three UK authorities were presented with major EU planning awards today at a ceremony in Brussels.

Lancashire CC has jointly won the regional planning award, while Langbaurgh on Tees BC and Edinburgh City Council have both won special merit prizes.

Lancashire's award is for a comprehensive and wide-ranging environmental initiative started in 1989. A green audit of the county was drawn up by a newly formed environmental unit, and an action plan was formulated.

Central to this is the Lancashire Environment Forum which now comprises 90 organisations who monitor progress to sustainable development with implementation reviewed each year.

The judges described the Lancashire entry as a 'pioneering effort to pursue sustainable development at a regional level.'

Langbaurgh on Tees BC's entry was for a survival strategy that confronted the decline of the town with a plan enhancing the Victorian features of the town, partnerships with property owners, tourist developments and the close involvement of the population.

Edinburgh's entry was submitted in partnership with the cities of Berlin and Krakow. The prize was for a planning partnership to revive the former Jewish quarter of Krakow which is expected to lead to the long term professional, cultural and business link between the three communities.

The European Urban and Regional Planning Awards is organised by the European Commission directorate General for regional Policies which is located in Brussels.

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