Thame High Street in Top Ten ‘Greatest Places in England’ Competition

Please go to and vote now to support our beautiful town


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Thame High Street is one of the Ten Greatest Places in England chosen by judges in a competition being run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The competition is designed to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for England’s communities.  Members of the public are now being asked to vote for their overall favourite which will be crowned ‘England’s Greatest Place.’

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Thame Christmas Lights Ceremony, Thame Town Centre.

An eminent panel of judges, chaired by RTPI Past President, Professor Peter Fidler, chose their top ten greatest places in England, after members of the public nominated 700 of their favourites in an earlier stage of the England’s Greatest Places competition.

Speaking about Thame on behalf of the judges, Professor Fidler said, “Good planning over a long period has protected and enhanced the character of this small market town and its High Street, and Thame now has the benefit of one of the first Neighbourhood Plans in the UK. It is an example of exemplary community support and careful, sensitive planning.”

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St Mary’s Church, Thame. (Please click to enlarge image)

Thame’s Neighbourhood Plan received an award for innovative plan-making from the RTPI in 2014. The RTPI and its members have been working with communities for a century to help create great places for people.

The judging panel was asked to choose a winner for each region, and Thame High Street is the winner in the South East, and is now up against other winners as they battle to become the greatest place in England;

  • Letchworth Garden City, East of England
  • Peak District, East Midlands
  • Brindley Place,  Birmingham, West Midlands
  • King’s Cross Regeneration, London
  • Kielder Park, North East
  • Liverpool Waterfront, North West
  • Thame High Street, South East
  • Bath, South West – joint winner
  • Bristol, South West – joint winner
  • Saltaire, Yorkshire

Janet Askew, President of the RTPI said:

“All our finalists are clearly much loved and appreciated places, both by local residents and the people who visit them. We wanted to recognise special places like those on the list which are cherished because they have been protected, carefully planned, or have been improved by the planning system. I am looking forward to seeing who the public now vote as England’s Greatest Place.”


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The Christmas Market, Thame

Thame is a town which should be cherished and celebrated, and now we need your help! The public decides which is the Number One Greatest Place in England. The number of votes cast will decide the overall winner, and a specially commissioned trophy will be presented to each local authority to mark their ‘England’s Greatest Places’ award.

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RAF Parade, Thame

A win for Thame would benefit the town hugely, so get behind Thame and vote before the Friday 20th November deadline. Voting is easy, three clicks and you are done, and you can even vote more than once.

Please go to and vote now to support our beautiful town or Tweet or Instagram your vote for your chosen place to #RTPIgreatplaces

Main Photo Credit – Sonja Jackson, Thame News