Tree-mendous work nets Ian a prize | 18 December 07

A STUDY of a Community Forest on Teesside has won a young planner an award.

Ian Nesbit, from Billingham, won £125 from Newcastle-based law firm Ward Hadaway for writing the best dissertation on the MSc Town Planning course at Newcastle University.

The 27-year-old scored 86% for his study on the physical features and how they are set out and maintained at Cowpen Bewley Community Forest affect user’s experiences.

Ian said: “I was really pleased to win the award but hadn’t expected it. The dissertation had to be completed to quite a tight deadline and when you’re working on a project like that on your own, you don’t know how well you’ve done until you hand it in.”

The dissertation helped Ian achieve a Distinction in his MSc, his second degree following a BA (Hons) in History at Liverpool University.

Following stints as a pensions administrator and as an admin clerk for Darlington Borough Council, Ian is currently a student planner at Richmondshire District Council and hopes to continue his career in the field of development control.

Neil Robson, head of property and planning at Ward Hadaway, said: “Ian’s dissertation covered the topic of Community Forests in a thorough and well-researched way. His award win is very well deserved.”

This is the second year in which Ward Hadaway has sponsored a prize for the best dissertation on the MSc Town Planning degree course at Newcastle University.

John Pendlebury, Director of Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University, said: “Ian produced a very impressive piece of work and I am pleased this has been recognised through the generous support given by Ward Hadaway.”