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National Young Planner Award for Bella’s urban design

Fourth Year Bella Platt is thrilled after winning the Young Planner Award at the Royal Institute of Town Planning’s Awards for Planning Excellence.

Bella won both the ‘Best Report/Concept’ and ‘Most Sustainable Project’ awards for the 11-15 category of the nationwide competition. The awards recognise best practice by highlighting exceptional examples of planning and celebrating the contribution that planners and planning make to society.

The competition tasked entrants to plan the future sustainable development of a local urban area and Bella based her project on an area of Salford.

Bella, who started the process of planning and application in October, was coached by Geography teacher Dr Kirsten Owen.

Speaking about her success, Bella said: “I was ecstatic when I found out that I had won – I didn’t expect it and it was a nice surprise. For the competition I wrote an essay and drew up some blueprints and sketches so it covered a number of subjects.

“I created a project that I would want to live in myself and was keen to make it as eco-friendly and sustainable as I could. Dr Owen was really supportive and I found the whole process rewarding and would definitely recommend it to others.”

Dr K Owen added: “Bella produced a fantastic report for the competition. It outlined a forward-thinking sustainable concept that addressed issues such as community cohesion, sustainable transport and food production.

“I am delighted for Bella and pleased to know that pupils at Stockport Grammar School continue to show a keen interest in the sustainability of our local communities.”

The award success feeds into the Eco-Schools initiative that the school has implemented as it raises awareness of the role of sustainable town planning in creating greener urban areas.

Stockport Grammar is committed to minimising its environmental impact and has already gained the Eco-Schools Bronze Award – the first step towards achieving Green Flag status. Visit the Eco-Schools section of the school’s website to see how we look at, and tackle, issues such as waste, biodiversity, water and energy.

In a number of our Geography classrooms we have displays that focus on the environment. In one there is a display about plastic in the oceans, in another there is one about rainforest diversity and Second Year pupils are going to be doing a display-based homework regarding the effects of global population growth on the environment.