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SIMPLY THE BEST FOR SCOTS PLANNING MINISTER

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High quality planning is on the agenda for planning minister Lewis Macdonald as he starts a tour of the country to ...
High quality planning is on the agenda for planning minister Lewis Macdonald as he starts a tour of the country to visit award winning planning and design sites.

The minister's tour will take him from Aberdeen to Dumfries and Galloway, visiting a range of projects, all of which have been judged to be top of the class.

The fact-finding tour will include a visit to Crichton Regeneration Project in Dumfries and Galloway which won the Royal Town Planning Institute's Silver Jubilee Cup 2000, the highest accolade on offer from the society. Also in the programme are visits to previous Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning winners, including Aberdeen Countryside Project, Dundee city centre improvements and New Lanark Mill Hotel

Mr Macdonald said:

'The effects of quality planning can be far reaching and I am delighted to be able to see at first hand these award winning examples of Scottish planning.

'The Scottish executive is committed to rebuilding and strengthening communities and good planning is right at the heart of our aim to build a better Scotland and tackle poverty and social exclusion.

'Good planning is about much more than building attractive buildings, it can also improve the quality of people's everyday lives by ensuring they have access to simple things like transport and services. At its best, high quality planning can help us make Scotland a more pleasant and sustainable place to live and work, protect our magnificent countryside and build towns and cities we can be proud of.'

Earlier this year, Mr Macdonald launched the 2001 Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning and he will also present the awards next year.

BACKGROUND

Launched in 1997 and managed in conjunction with the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland, the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning recognise outstanding achievements in development control, development planning and development on the ground. This year's judges are Andrew Raven, Gordon Mann and Barbara Illsley.

Nomination forms for the 2001 awards, information and details of previous winners can be seen here. Nomination forms are also available by contacting Lynn Jameson at the Scottish Executive Development Department on 0131 244 7543 or the Royal Town Planning Institute on 0131 226 1959.

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