Bidwells is a finalist in the Excellence in Planning for Homes (large schemes) category at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018.

The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

Redrow Homes’ Caddington Woods scheme in Caddington, Bedfordshire is a high quality residential development of 325 dwellings and community hub.

It is situated within Bedfordshire to the west of Luton and east of Dunstable. The site was previously a vehicle storage area for General Motors situated within the Green Belt and surrounded by woodland.

Bidwells provided planning consultancy advice acting as planning agent for the development.  This involved engagement with Central Bedfordshire Council and Caddington Parish Council.

Paul Willmott, Divisional Managing Partner for Planning at Bidwells said:

We are extremely proud of our nomination, but this unique development was truly community led. A Community Trust was established that enabled the key stakeholders to create a development that recognised the needs of the existing residents while providing a sustainable development for new residents.

Following the outline planning permission, the delivery of Caddington Woods clearly demonstrates that the planning system was fundamental to the delivery of this project.

Working in close collaboration with Central Bedfordshire Council, Bidwells helped plan for the delivery of a high quality residential development that goes above and beyond the general planning requirements to ensure that a sustainable community is delivered.


John Acres MRTPI, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

This year’s finalists reflect the important contribution planners and planning makes to creating great places and tackling the challenges we face across the UK. Planners are taking on new and innovative projects and the finalists show they are succeeding. It’s a huge achievement just to be shortlisted this year given the 6% rise in entries to the awards and the high calibre of entries will make judging very difficult.


The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 24 May 2018.

Tickets to the ceremony are on sale.

The RTPI champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. It is the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers. It supports its members – over 25,000 worldwide - throughout their careers.

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