Dundee Waterfront was crowned Scotland's Best Place, followed by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the West Highland Way second and third respectively at a reception held on 26 June at The Lighthouse in Glasgow in the presence of Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning. The top 3 places were subject to fierce competition from a shortlist which included Lerwick Waterfront, Crown Street and Merchant City in Glasgow, the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the Forth and Clyde Canal, Raploch in Stirling and East Kilbride.
Stephen Tucker, Convenor of RTPI Scotland and Partner at Barton Willmore, said: ""On launching the new National Planning Framework for Scotland earlier this week, Planning Minister Derek Mackay talked about the importance of leadership in helping us to create great places for people across Scotland. Barton Willmore were keen to sponsor the Scotland's Best Places initiative because we recognise the finalists as prime examples of leadership and vision in planning. I'd like to congratulate all those who dedicated time and energy to delivering these projects. In particular, congratulations go to Mike Galloway at Dundee City Council, who has demonstrated what creativity, vision and a determination to deliver, can achieve."
Janet Askew, Vice President of RTPI, said: "I am delighted that so many people have taken time to vote and I congratulate Dundee Waterfront on being named Scotland's Best Place. It's great that this competition has caught the imagination of people across the country. The Royal Town Planning Institute promotes the view that planning is a positive thing that works to make places that people feel proud of so hopefully this has shown what planning is all about."
The announcement comes in and important week for planning in Scotland with the publication of a new National Planning Framework and new Scottish Planning Policy document as well as Glasgow City Council's Central Govan Action Plan winning the UK and Ireland's premier planning award, The RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup.
Scotland's Best Places was organised by RTPI Scotland in conjunction with Scottish Government and Barton Willmore to celebrate the Royal Town Planning Institute's Centenary. It attracted over 3700 votes from people across Scotland. The idea was to identify those places across Scotland that have been built, enhanced or protected by planners and the planning system within Scotland since 1914 and which:
- 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
- are nationally significant and important to Scotland
Following a public call for suggestions, 55 places were nominated. The top ten was announced at a Parliamentary Reception celebrating the Institute's Centenary on 26 March.
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