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Including a park built on disused railway coal sidings, the UK’s first pop-up village and a new vision for the West End, the contenders for London’s top planning awards have been revealed.

Organised by London First, in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society and the Royal Town Planning Institute, the London Planning Awards celebrate the capital’s top planning and development projects.

This year’s shortlist include Peckham Coal Line, an elevated urban park built on disused railway coal sidings with outstanding local engagement, PLACE/Ladywell, an innovative development which provides homes for local families in housing need and West End Public Realm, an ambitious redevelopment of the Tottenham Court Road area to help reduce congestion and create new public spaces.

Now in its 14th year, the Awards will be held at City Hall on 27 February 2017, and celebrate the outstanding contribution of planners and developers to the capital’s urban regeneration.

John Allan CBE, Chairman of London First, said: “This shortlist showcases the vision and ingenuity of work right across the capital. By creating new spaces, and re-thinking how we use existing ones, London continues to grow and meet the challenges of a leading global city.”

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “The outstanding quality of the shortlisted entries for this year’s awards highlights the breadth and depth of talent in London. It is only fitting that a city as exciting and dynamic as London is home to so many innovative developments. Good planning and design is going to be critical in building the thousands of new and genuinely affordable homes for Londoners as well as creating the work space and culture venues our city needs.”

Other contenders for top awards include Plaistow Hospital, a redevelopment of former NHS buildings to provides well-integrated new homes and a high-level of affordable housing; Pearson Square, a new public space for central London; Pop Brixton, which turned disused land into a creative space for local, independent businesses; and St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Plan, a great example of a community-led project, with a focus on providing affordable housing for young people.

Contenders are nominated by the property sector with the final shortlist judged by a panel of experts from the GLA, London First, London Councils and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at City Hall on 27 February 2017, including The Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence, sponsored by Mount Anvil, to the overall winner.

For a full list of those shortlisted, please visit the London Planning Awards 2016/17.

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