Urban Design Forum shortlisted for award

By Jim Dunton - Wed 8 May 2013, 2:58 pm

A groundbreaking group of borough residents who review development proposals to help assess their suitability for the area have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Members of the voluntary group Barking and Dagenham Urban Design Forum (RUDF) are in the running for a Royal Town Planning Institute Award for Excellence because of their work.

Jeremy Grint, Barking and Dagenham’s divisional director for regeneration said the 15-member RUDF had fed into upcoming significant design projects in the borough.

“The RUDF has achieved a track record of consistent community involvement in major schemes before they are submitted,“ he said.

“The intention of the RUDF is a means of opening up the planning and development-management process to local people who give their views on design issues in the area where they live and work.

“It’s important for the council that the community plays an integral role in how changes take place across the borough.

“Through the RUDF, the council is able to demonstrate to its residents that it values local people’s views on important changes that are about to take place.”

Judges of the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Excellence selected the RUDF in the “Innovative Use of the Planning Process” category.

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