A collaborative project which will deliver 1,400 new homes on the Fylde Coast, has won a prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Planning Excellence Award.

Partners of Whyndyke Garden Village (WGV) in Blackpool were named winners of the ‘Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing’ Award which is one of the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. The RTPI awards celebrate exceptional examples of planning as well as the contribution planners make to society.

Whyndyke Garden Village is one of ten NHS England’s ‘Healthy New Towns’, an initiative designed to shape the health of communities and rethink how health and care services can be delivered. Of the 1,400 new homes to be built approximately 300 will be homes for affordable rent or shared ownership.

Alban Cassidy, Director of Cassidy + Ashton, on behalf of the Board of Whyndyke Garden Village, said: “Winning such a prestigious award is a huge honour and is testament to the excellent teamwork and vision of everyone involved. It is a fantastic project to be a part of and winning an award which recognizes our aim of bringing communities together and promoting healthier lifestyles through planning and design is really exciting.”

The judges for The Royal Town Planning Institute North West Planning Awards said: “We were impressed with the collaboration between the three local authorities of Fylde, Blackpool and Lancashire County Council together with Lancaster University and the NHS in creating innovative solutions to the challenging agenda they set to demonstrate how health and care services are at the heart of this new community.”

Partners making up the WGV Board include: Blackpool Council, Building Surveyors and Town Planners, Blackpool Football Club Community Trust, Cassidy + Ashton architects, Cidari Multi Academy Trust, Fylde Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster University, NHS Fylde, Progress Housing Group, Wyre CCG and YMCA.

Priorities of WGV, will be based around developing a model of healthcare provision, pushing the telehealth care agenda, developing healthy community facilities, encouraging physical activity and creating homes for lifelong living. Work will start on site summer 2019 with the first residents moving in the spring of 2020 and anticipated completion around 2030.

To find out more visit about WGV go to: https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/innovation/healthy-new-towns/whyndyke/