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A chartered planner based in Chester has won a top industry award thanks to her unwavering support for the farming community locally.

Nia Borsey scooped the Young Planner of the Year award for the North West region at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards.

The award judges said she is a great advocate for the farming community in the region and is passionate about improving the relationship between farmers and planners.

They also praised her drive to extend her employer’s planning expertise into north Wales – with around half of Nia’s clients based there.

Nia, who’s originally from Llysfaen near Colwyn Bay, is also chair of Betws yn Rhos Young Farmers.

As well as this, she is the only planner among the NFU’s 11 Young Farmer Ambassadors.

Nia said: “I’m really happy the judges felt my expertise in rural planning and how I’ve used my farming connections to build positive relationships in the North West and North Wales was worthy of the award.

“While there is understandably a lot of focus on the development of cities and towns in the region, it is vital that the farming community can access expert planning advice – whether for a barn conversion, a diversification project, or promotion of land for development.

“Farmers need that expertise as planning regulations can be incredibly complex, with localised policy restrictions such as the UNESCO Jodrell Bank Telescope Zone in Cheshire complicating things further. 

She added: “I’m looking forward to continuing to build strong relationships with the farming community as I continue my career.

“I hope this award acts as a springboard for further success.”

Her boss, Nial Casselden said: “t’s great her work in growing the firm’s reputation among the farming community has been recognised.

“She completely deserves this award and is a brilliant role model to any young planner coming into the profession.

“I am confident that she will continue to be increasingly influential.”

Nia will head to the national RTPI finals in November, where she will find out if she is to be crowned the national Young Planner of the Year.

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