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Aberdeenshire Conservation Area scheme picks up top planning award

A landmark regeneration scheme in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire has been crowned the overall winner at the inaugural RTPI Scotland Awards for Planning Excellence 2022

The Fraserburgh Conservation Area Renewal Scheme Townscape Heritage Project won in the RTPI Scotland Best Project category and and took away the overall Award for Planning Excellence at the ceremony in Edinburgh on 16 June. 

Aberdeenshire council picked up their award with an innovative heritage led regeneration scheme approach which used the built heritage of the town as a means to catalyse, not constrain, the economic development and economic growth of the area. The scheme has targeted numerous derelict/and or vacant properties in the Fraserburgh Conservation Area bringing them back into active use. This included shopfront improvements, reinstatement of original architectural detail, public realm and an extensive training and engagement programme.

The RTPI Scotland Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate outstanding plans, projects and people that demonstrate the power of planning. Other winners on the night included Planner Rhiannon Moore of Montagu Evens who scooped the prize for Young Planner of the Year, and planning consultancy Kevin Murray Associates, who won Small Planning Consultancy of the Year.

The City of Edinburgh Council were awarded the top accolade for their City Centre Transformation Programme in the Plan-Making category.