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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning Booklet

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Quality of Service

This recognises innovative approaches that have been developed and applied across Scotland to improve the customer's experience of the planning service.

FORWARD FUNDING INFRASTRUCTURE - WEST LOTHIAN

Forward Funding Infrastructure

About this initiative

The council has forward funded several infrastructure projects to support the development plan and is recovering its costs from developers who benefit from the infrastructure.

Reason for Award

This initiative has been given an Award because it is a simple yet innovative approach to enabling development in difficult economic conditions. By directing funds towards new school infrastructure, the local authority has acted as a guarantee for developers and allowed much needed development to progress. Key to the success of the project is the trust that has been developed between the public and private sectors, resulting in greater delivery confidence and maintained capacity.

Who made it happen

West Lothian Council

Contact

Colin Miller - colin.miller@westlothian.gov.uk

TRINITY GROUP - ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL

Trinity Group

About this initiative

The Trinity Group is a high level partnership panel launched in Aberdeen to provide a forum for public and private sector leaders to help facilitate the delivery of development in and around the City in a changing financial climate.

Reason for Award

This initiative has been given an Award because of the unique and proactive partnership approach taken to address the current challenges being faced by the development sector in the North East. The varied group membership (including representation from the banking sector) facilitates the sharing of best practice and delivers a more holistic understanding of the issues being faced by the public and private sector. The Judges highlighted the solutions-focussed approach taken by the group to aid development as a key principle of Planning Modernisation.

Who made it happen

Aberdeen City Council | GSS Development | McGrigors LLP

Contact

Maggie Bochel - MBOCHEL@aberdeencity.gov.uk

LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN - HIGHLAND COUNCIL

Local Development Plan

About this initiative

The Highland-wide Local Development Plan (HwLDP) is the first Local Development Plan produced by the Council. The Plan contains a series of visions and a spatial strategy to address the varying challenges and opportunities across Highland.

Reason for Commendation

This initiative has been given a Commendation because it has embraced the modernised planning system by streamlining all of its different local development plans into one 'live' map-based document that supports delivery on the ground. By offering services such as pre-application advice, the planning team have been able to improve the quality of the service to customers and move things through the system more quickly.

Who made it happen

Highland Council | Scottish Environment Protection Agency | Scottish Natural Heritage | Transport Scotland | Scottish Water

Contact

Simon Hindson - simon.hindson@highland.gsx.gov.uk