The prize for Planning Policy Team of the Year went to Croydon Council at a national award ceremony last night.
The spatial planning team was praised by judges at the 2014 Planning Awards for its work with private investors and its emphasis on “delivery”.
The plan that impressed the judges was adapted in April 2013 and divided the borough into 16 distinct areas, each with their own characteristics and functions. It demonstrated how the 16 zones could change over the next 20 years.
A highlight of the plan was its focus on the improvement of poorer-quality neighbourhoods.
The team designed their development scheme through consultations with residential associations.
Deputy leader of Croydon Council Alison Butler, whose responsibilities include homes and regeneration, said: “This is a ringing endorsement of Croydon’s confident and positive approach to growth and development.”
“We have some major planning projects in the pipeline and to be recognised nationally is a brilliant achievement and thoroughly well-deserved.”
The awards celebrate outstanding achievement in planning work by local authorities, consultants, developers, lawyers and voluntary and neighbourhood groups.
Last month the council also won Planning Authority of the Year at the inaugural MIPIM UK Awards hosted by Estates Gazette.