Town planners awarded New Year's Honours

Leading town planners Alice Lester and Malcolm Sharp have won recognition for their contribution to planning in the latest round of New Year's Honours.

Alice Lester
Alice Lester

Lester, programme manager at the Planning Advisory Service, was awarded an MBE for services to planning.

Sharp (pictured below), a former president of the Planning Officers Society, also received an MBE, for services to town and country planning.

Royal Town Planning Institute president Janet Askew said the recognition reflected consistent commitment to excellence in planning.

"It is a tribute to the tremendous work of Alice and Malcolm that they have been honoured in this way," she said.

"They have both made an outstanding contribution to planning over many years and have made a real difference to communities as well as to the profession as a whole."

In other planning and property-related honours, Prince's Regeneration Trust chief executive Ros Kerslake received an OBE for services to British heritage, while Fiona Alfred, executive director of the Association of Women in Property recieved an OBE for services to wonen in the property and construction industry.

John Worthington, director of the Academy of Urbanism and Independent Transport Commission commissioner, received an MBE for services to urban regeneration and voluntary service to transport.

Peter Eversden, chair of the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies, received an MBE for services to community engagement in planning for London.

Margaret Morgan, co-chair of the Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale Neighbourhood Plan Delivery Group Committee, received a British Empire Medal for services to the community in Berkshire.

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