Last night marked the 18th Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning and we are delighted to announce that we had success with the Open Space Strategy 2010.
The Strategy was a real team effort which included staff from Planning and other Council services. The 2009 Open Space Audit informed the Strategy and was only possible with the input of over 600 people from local communities giving their time and views on open space in their area. So a big thanks to everyone for their contribution.
Also, we were proud to be part of the Forth Bridge World Heritage Site entry which won a Working in Partnership Award. Thanks to Fife Council for leading on the award entry and for the cooperation of Historic Environment Scotland and the local communities in showing how partnerships can work for all.
Today marks World Town Planning Day, an annual event which has been running since 1949, where planners from across the globe engage in activities to raise awareness about the importance of planning in their communities. This international day sees 30 countries celebrating the achievements of planners and their contributions to the communities that they serve by participating in various activities.
The theme for this year’s World Town Planning Day is “Cities and Climate Change: Local Responses to a Global Challenge” and will be discussed in an online conference on the Planning the World website later on today.
It is important on days like today to remember Scotland’s very own Sir Patrick Geddes, who was one of the founding fathers of the British Town Planning movement. Geddes was instrumental in the improvement of the Old Town in the 19th Century. Geddes’ theory was that in order to improve a place, you had to be a part of the community. He moved his family into James Court, which at the time was a near-slum off the Lawnmarket at the top of the Royal Mile. He started by improving the building in which he and his family lived, which then inspired his neighbours and wider community into communal action. He had proved his theory.
Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2016
To coincide with World Town Planning Day, the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2016 will be taking place this evening. Tonight we will be attending the awards and we are delighted that two of our projects have been shortlisted. These are:
The Open Space Strategy 2010
The Planning and Building Standards Lean Reviews
As well as a joint submission with Fife Council for the Forth Bridge World Heritage Partnership Project.
The awards are run by the Scottish Government and this year they have introduced a new People’s Choice Award category. This allowed you to vote for any of the submissions and includes our submission for the use of the Place Standard in South Queensferry.