Pupil's film wins RTPI future neighbourhood competition

Issue date: 10 March 2015

Pupil Georgina Gardner-Elton has won first prize in the South West RTPI Schools Competition for her innovative Youtube film on what her neighbourhood might look like in 2050.

Georgina was presented with her prize and a special certificate from Janet Askew, RTPI President, and Nick Smith, former chair of the South West region, and head of planning at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Georgina is keen to study town and country planning and she visited UWE to be shown around by Nick Smith, and meet other planners.

School pupils across the South West were invited to submit their ideas for the neighbourhood of 2050, and a team of judges comprising the sponsors, Stride Treglown and staff from UWE, as well as RTPI members in the South West deemed the very original entry from Georgina to be the best. Georgina submitted a short film about planning with some very good ideas about neighbourhoods and sustainability.

The competition illustrates the interest amongst school students of all ages in studying planning, and Nick Smith regularly visits local schools to speak to the pupils and to encourage them to consider this vital profession and come to UWE open days to learn more.

Janet, who is Director of Academic Engagement and Enhancement at UWE, said "We were delighted at the standard of entries, and we hope that a film like this, made by someone so young, will inspire young people to consider planning as a future career. It shows how important good planning is in local neighbourhoods, but it also promotes some very innovative sustainable solutions. "

The film can be viewed here.

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