Transformative development, regeneration and conservation projects from across the North East are being sought for special recognition.

Judges of this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) North East Regional Awards are on the lookout for the schemes that are changing our region’s urban and rural environments – and how we live and work in them.

The Awards champion the impact planning has on quality of life and are open to a range of organisations, including community groups, local planning authorities, planning consultancies, architects, surveyors, developers and investors.

Sam Thistlethwaite, regional chair of the RTPI and associate at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, explained: “Planning shapes the places we work, live and play – and it’s important to celebrate the work that makes the North East standout.

“Previous winning schemes have shown the ingenuity, creativity and thoughtfulness that goes into creating our surroundings.

“We want to see a whole range of projects put forward – from small projects to game-changing multi-million pound schemes.”

Sam also leads this year’s Chair’s Award, which focuses on the project which best supports the health needs of North East communities.

He added: “With an ageing population and significant changes in the social care landscape, the North East must consider how it’s providing places to live for people with health needs.

“Developers, local authorities and planners are already delivering and working on innovative and high quality supported living schemes – that’s what we want to shout about.”

Projects that have won in previous years include the Newcastle Helix on the Science Central site, the £350m Trilogy 1 regeneration scheme in Gateshead and the International Advanced Manufacturing Park.

This year’s shortlist will be announced by the RTPI on September 6.

The teams behind the shortlisted projects will learn which ones wowed the judges at an awards ceremony on Friday, October 4, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle.

The deadline for entries is Friday, June 28. Those interested should enter at the following address: