Mid Ulster Council Wins UK Excellence In Planning Award June 15, 2017 Mid Ulster District Council has won an ‘Excellence in Planning’ award at the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) awards ceremony. The Council had been shortlisted from hundreds of entries in the Built Heritage category for Seamus Heaney HomePlace, the arts and literary centre in Bellaghy which celebrates the life and literature of the Nobel Laureate. The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry and celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society. Accepting the award, Chair of the Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, said: “To have been shortlisted from entries across the UK was in itself quite a feat. “To be named as winner is a fantastic achievement for Mid Ulster District Council, for our planning staff and for all those involved in the design and development of a scheme which would suitably honour one of our greatest writers and Nobel Laureate. “The project has been truly transformational, creating an arts and literary centre on a derelict site, refreshing and enhancing the small rural village of Bellaghy, and creating a place which is now attracting local, national and international visitors. “I’m delighted to have accepted the award on behalf of the Council and all those involved, from contractors to the local community, who have all contributed to this success”. The win was announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London.