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From Gretna to Sumburgh, people asked to nominate Scotland’s Best Places

11 December 2013

People across the nation have been asked to nominate Scotland’s Best Places. Run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Scotland, the organisation representing professional planners in Scotland, the initiative aims to identify the three best places in Scotland that have benefited in some way from planning over the previous century as part Institute’s 2014 Centenary celebrations.

The deadline for submissions is 10 February 2014. All proposals will be examined by an advisory panel who will agree the top ten which will be announced at a special reception in the Scottish Parliament in March. There will then be an online public vote where the top three places in Scotland will be identified and the winners will be announced in June.

People can nominate their suggestion here and are asked to demonstrate how the place:

  • has had a significant positive and sustainable impact socially, environmentally and economically
  • is best practice in planning
  • has benefitted from the important role played by planners and the planning system
  • is nationally significant and important to Scotland

Scotland’s Best Places gives the public and civic Scotland the opportunity to propose their favourite places that have been built, enhanced or protected by planners and the planning system within Scotland since 1914 (when the RTPI was formed).

Scotland’s Best Places will be chaired by Alistair MacDonald, RTPI Scotland Convenor in 2013.  On launching the public call for nominations he said: “The Institute’s centenary provides a perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the achievements of the planning profession and to share these successes with the Scottish people.  I am delighted that Scotland’s Best Places will do this and will allow the general public and civic Scotland to identify the places that are special to them, which have been aided by planners, planning and the planning system. We can hope that this initiative will also go some way to help people realise the important and positive role that planning has played in shaping Scotland over the last hundred years.”

Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning said “I am delighted to support this initiative.  The planning system has already helped to create many great places for people across Scotland and I am keen to ensure that it continues to provide high quality development in the future. Scotland’s Best Places can help to showcase the good work that has been done already and stimulate a new generation of inspirational places across Scotland.”

Scotland’s Best Places is sponsored by Barton Willmore.  Stephen Tucker, Partner, said “Planning should be all about creating sustainable and high quality places.  We are pleased to support this initiative as it could go some way to identifying where this has been done well and how good placemaking can help provide a better quality of life for people across Scotland.”

More details on Scotland’s Best Places can be found at, or on Twitter at @rtpiscotland and #bestplaces