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Saltaire comes third in competition to find ‘England’s Greatest Place’

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire has come third in a competition to find England’s Greatest Place.

The competition, run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), chose the top three from more than 200 hundred original entries.

The judges, made up of senior planning consultants, representatives of non-Government organisations, and academics, voted Saltaire as The Greatest Place in Yorkshire.

Once a national short-list of 10 places had been chosen by the judges, the public were invited to contribute and 11,000 votes were cast online and with voting cards.

Saltaire came behind the winner, Liverpool waterfront, and runner-up, Thame High Street in Oxfordshire.

The RTPI praised Bradford Council’s management of Saltaire which retains the model village character while providing encouragement for small businesses and apartments to move into the restored buildings.

The RTPI website says: “Sensitive and skilful planning has protected the essence of this unique historic settlement and kept it a beautiful place.”

Bradford Council’s Heritage Champion, Coun Val Slater, said: “While we are disappointed not to win outright, coming top in Yorkshire and third nationally in this competition is a great achievement.

“Coming on the back of the hugely successful World Heritage UK conference recently held in the village and many other awards the village has won, it shows we are on the right track with our management of the historic site for residents, businesses and visitors.

“It’s no secret that Saltaire is one of the greatest places in England but it’s nice to get official recognition of that fact.”

Jennifer Winyard, Chair of RTPI Yorkshire, said: “I am not surprised that Saltaire was voted among the top three places in England’s Great Places competition.

“It is clearly a much appreciated and loved place by local people. Sensitive and skilful planning from the local authorities has protected the essence of this unique historic settlement and kept it a beautiful place.

“It has also enjoyed economic regeneration supported by good planning and partnerships.”


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