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Saltaire in line for award as ‘England’s Greatest Place’

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire has been chosen as a finalist in a competition to find England’s Greatest Place.

The competition, run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), has whittled down 200 hundred original entries to just 10 finalists.

Drive-view-nov-10-small-9076-200x300The judges, made up of senior planning consultants, representatives of non-Government organisations, and academics, voted Saltaire as The Greatest Place in Yorkshire.

Saltaire will now go up against another nine regional winners including Bath, Bristol and Letchworth Garden City in a bid to be crowned as overall winner.

Members of the public are now invited to vote for Saltaire as England’s Greatest Place.

The winner will be announced in December with a specially commissioned trophy presented to the successful local authority.

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

Saltaire_from_Leeds_and_Liverpool_CanalThe 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 this is great news 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.

“Being short-listed and winning awards is important because it shows we are on the right track with our management of the historic site.”

Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) said:

“Saltaire was a popular choice and is clearly a much appreciated and loved place by local people.

“We wanted to recognise special places like Saltaire which are cherished because they have been protected, carefully planned or have been improved.”

The public can vote for the winning place up to 20 November.

Voting is easy:

• Visit: http://www.rtpi.org.uk

• Tweet or Instagram your vote for Saltaire to: #RTPIgreatplaces


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