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Excellence recognised at 'Planning Oscars'

12 March 2009

Some of the best examples of planning and design across Scotland were applauded today at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Infrastructure Minister Stewart Stevenson presented the top prize at the annual Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning to representatives of Lerwick Waterfront Regeneration in Shetland – a project which has delivered economic, social and environmental benefits for the local community and beyond.

Projects in Aberdeenshire, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, Scottish Borders, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire were also recognised.

Mr Stevenson said:

\"The quality of entries for this year's awards demonstrates the depth of talent and innovation among planning and development professionals in Scotland.

\"It is important to recognise the positive contribution planning can make to increasing sustainable economic growth in Scotland. A key part of the Scottish Government's economic recovery programme is to ensure all government activity, including on planning and regulation, supports economic development.

\"That is why we are working in partnership with local government, our agencies and the development industry, to ensure planning becomes increasingly effective and efficient.\"

Martin Willey, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), said:

\"The awards demonstrate that Scotland's planners are clearly raising the bar by delivering high quality planning solutions coupled with creative flair. The RTPI is pleased to recognise good planning practice as planning is vital in boosting economic development and readying the market for a stronger, faster recovery.\"