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Shortlist for Scotland’s Best Places unveiled

27 March 2014

Speakers - Reception - 26 March 2014Addressing a packed reception last night (26 March) at the Scottish Parliament which included the Minister for Local Government and Planning Minister Derek MacKay, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) President Cath Ranson unveiled the shortlist for Scotland’s Best Places.

Pictured (right to left): Derek MacKay MSP, RTPI President Cath Ranson, Sarah Boyack MSP, RTPI Scotland Convenor Stephen Tucker.

The RTPI Scotland initiative will identify the top ten places that have been built, enhanced or protected by planners and the planning system within Scotland since 1914, and is part of the Institute’s centenary celebrations.

The reception in the Scottish Parliament was kindly hosted by Sarah Boyack MSP. With 23,000 members’ worldwide working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors, the RTPI is the largest professional institute for planners in Europe.

Cath Ranson, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said:  “We'd like everyone to vote for their favourite place from this impressive and diverse shortlist. We hope that in doing so, people talk to their friends and relatives about what they value most about each of the places, and that the discussion provokes debate about the positive and persuasive role planners have in creating great places.”

Shortlist of 10

The shortlist for Scotland’s Best Places (in alphabetical order) is:

  • Crown Street in the Gorbals, Glasgow
  • Dundee Waterfront
  • East Kilbride New Town
  • The Forth and Clyde Canal
  • Lerwick Waterfront in Shetland
  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
  • The Merchant City in Glasgow
  • Raploch in Stirling
  • The Royal Mile and North Holyrood in Edinburgh
  • The West Highland Way

Voting for Scotland’s Best Places is now open. People need to go here to pick their top 3 places.  The winning places will be announced in June and will be featured in a centenary edition of RTPI Scotland's journal The Scottish Planner.

Scotland’s Best Places is kindly sponsored by Barton Willmore and the Scottish Government.

Fifty five suggestions had been received by the deadline and these were used to help a special advisory panel to agree a top ten. This panel comprised: Alistair MacDonald, Immediate Past Convenor, RTPI Scotland (Chair), Karen Anderson, Architecture + Design Scotland, Neil Baxter, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Hugh Crawford, Sir Frank Mears Associates and former Convenor of RTPI Scotland, Barbara Cummins, Historic Scotland, Colin Donald, Sunday Herald, Cliff Hague, Built Environment Forum Scotland, Jim Tough, Saltire Society.

The criteria for Scotland’s Best Places was that have to have been built, enhanced or protected by planners and the planning system within Scotland since 1914 and have had a significant positive and sustainable impact socially, environmentally and economically,  are best practice in planning, have benefitted from the important role played by planners and the planning system and are nationally significant and important to Scotland.

To discuss your choices on twitter use #bestplaces