Penzance wins ‘Great Town’ award

At a London ceremony last evening Penzance was applauded as the national winner of the Great Town award.

The accolade comes from the Academy of Urbanism, an independent organisation that aims to improve towns and cities across Europe and beyond.

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Towns were shortlisted from across the UK and Ireland, with Penzance eventually selected as one of three finalists.

The process called for nominations not applications, and Penzance then impressed the independent assessors during a series of rigorous fact-finding visits and shortlisting workshops. 

The citation from the Academy at last night’s ceremony said ‘Penzance’s story of resilience and successful community engagement through neighbourhood planning is remarkable and must be celebrated!’

The other two Great Town finalists were Brighton and Hove and Dundee.

Other winners in the annual awards were Connswater in East Belfast as Great Place, St Marks Road in Bristol as Great Street, Portobello in Edinburgh as Great Neighbourhood, and Portugal’s Porto beating Utrecht and Sheffield as European City of the Year.

Penzance was able to impress the Academy with a long list of recent initiatives:

The Urbanism Awards are the Academy’s main platform for recognising the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. As well as providing a means to build relationships with places that are doing good work, the Awards help build a strong evidence base for high quality, innovative and sustainable urbanism, which is then shared online, in print and at events – a great ‘shop window’ for Penzance.

The Awards were attended by Susan Stuart and Keith Bell who have been leading the development of Penzance’s Neighbourhood Development Plan, and Penzance Town Council was also represented. 

James Hardy from Cornwall Council’s Localism Team says: “The nomination and selection of Penzance for the Great Town Award is independent recognition from national regeneration professionals of the progress being made in Penzance, and of the exciting opportunities for its future being developed.”

Story posted on 28 November, 2019