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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning Booklet

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Development Management

This covers any aspect of improving the service, as well as cases where the process has produced added value, e.g. e-planning.

GREENLAW TOWN HALL - SCOTTISH BORDERS COUNCIL

Greenlaw Town Hall

About this initiative

Greenlaw Town Hall lay derelict for 16 years until the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust completed renovation work, transforming the building into a community hub for businesses and the community. The Grade A listed Greek revival building is currently let out to one small business
with the intention of attracting more in the future.

Reason for Award

This initiative has been given an Award because, through innovative use of the planning system, it has brought back into community use a significant and prominent Georgian building. The project also demonstrated an understanding of policy, finance and risk to deliver a quality outcome for the people of Greenlaw in an exceptionally tight timescale. The authority have plans to extend the usage to include weddings and other events.

Who made it happen

Scottish Borders Council | Scottish Historic Buildings Trust | Our Scottish Borders Your Heritage

Contact

Andy Millar - AMillar@scotborders.gov.uk

RENEWABLES AND BIODIVERSITY OFFSETS - SCOTTISH BORDERS COUNCIL

Renewables and Biodiversity Offsets

About this initiative

This project has been developed to address impacts on biodiversity arising from major renewables developments to derive additional benefits for the areas affected.

Reason for Commendation

This initiative has been given a Commendation because the project has enabled development that might previously have been refused because offset compensation could not be articulated. Partners have worked together to successfully implement the offset projects, and biodiversity offset projects have mainstreamed biodiversity into the planning process.

Who made it happen

Scottish Borders Council | Borders Forest Trust | Southern Uplands Partnership | Tweed Forum | The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust | RSPB | East Lothian Council | Scottish & Southern Energy | Scottish Power Renewables | Fred Olsen Renewables/Natural Power | Inifis and North British Windpower/Wind Prospect

Contact

Andy Tharme - ATharme@scotborders.gov.uk

DELIVERY OF AFFORDABLE HOMES - EDINBURGH CITY COUNCIL

Delivery of Affordable Homes

About this initiative

Through the Development Management process, the Council has entered into legal agreements with applicants to effectively secure land or financial contributions for affordable housing.

Reason for Commendation

This initiative has been given a Commendation because of the flexible approach taken to deliver much needed affordable homes across the city. Different parts of the Council have worked together to deliver a Model Legal Agreement for Section 75 that has improved developer confidence and delivered much needed investment. Indeed, record numbers of affordable homes have been delivered. By working in partnership with developers, RSLs and local communities, the Council has used affordable homes as a catalyst for investment and the delivery of mixed and sustainable communities in Edinburgh.

Who made it happen

City of Edinburgh Council | Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce | Link Group Ltd | Port of Leith Housing Association | Dunedin Canmore Group | ESPC | Homes Scotland | Places for People | The Hillcrest Group

Contact

Iain Macphail - iain.macphail@edinburgh.gsx.gov.uk

TAYMOUTH CASTLE ESTATE - PERTH & KINROSS COUNCIL

Taymouth Castle Estate

About this initiative

The Taymouth Castle Estate project involves the conservation, restoration and redevelopment of an important group of Listed Buildings (A and B Listed) and a Designed Landscape to create a 5-star holiday resort.

Reason for Commendation

This initiative has been given a Commendation because of the practical "hands-on" approach taken by the local authority and partners to steer a significant and complicated project through the planning system and deliver a quality outcome. Such was the success of the project management approach, the Council is now rolling out to smaller planning applications and the Development Management team has been restructured to support this approach.

Who made it happen

Perth & Kinross Council | Martin Town Planning Ltd | McKenzie Strickland Associates | Meteor Property Fund | Historic Scotland | Farnham Developments Ltd

Contact

David Littlejohn - DLittlejohn@pkc.gsx.gov.uk