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Croydon leads the UK in its approach to planning, says a team of independent judges.

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The authority has been hailed as an example to others after reaching the final three in a nationwide competition to assess the country’s best regeneration projects.

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Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes and regeneration, was delighted with the accolade. “To be recognised as one of the best planning authorities in the country is a fantastic achievement," she said.

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 “We are leading the way with our approach to planning, which has a key role to play in delivering future growth in Croydon.

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“Good planning foundations are vital in attracting developers to invest in our borough.”

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A team of judges have selected the country’s top regeneration projects, acknowledging future projects in Britain, while paying tribute to the best schemes from the private rented sector.

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They were impressed by Croydon’s “radically pragmatic approach” to planning, which they said was an exemplar for how planning authorities should work across the UK.

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The recent Farrell Review, a government-commissioned industry-wide review of architecture and the built environment, identified Croydon as one of only a handful of authorities practising successful “proactive planning”.

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Croydon is up against Southwark and Sunderland in the final shortlist of the inaugural MIPIM UK awards, organised by Estates Gazette.

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Meanwhile, Essential Living’s scheme for Taberner House in Croydon is on a shortlist of three for the Private Rental Sector Project of the Year.

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The winners will be announced during MIPIM UK in London on 16 October.