Commonwealth Games Athletes Village lifts top Scottish planning award

Glasgow's Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, a project to engage young people in the plan-making process and a design guide for Edinburgh are among the winners of this year's Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.

Athlete's Village: development scoops top award (pic City Legacy)
Athlete's Village: development scoops top award (pic City Legacy)

The awards, run by the Scottish government, celebrate achievements in planning, from strategic planning to development on the ground.

At a ceremony held in Edinburgh last night, the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village was picked out as overall winner from a field of 42 entries.

Judges praised the high international standard of the development, as well as the strong partnership working that brought the project to fruition.

Aberdeen City Council’s Engaging Young People in the Local Development Plan initiative; The TAYplan Main Issues Report consultation and West Dunbartonshire Council’s Bowling Basin Charrette all shared the Community Involvement award.

Aberdeen City Council was a joint winner again in the Development Plans award category for its Strategic Infrastructure Plan alongside the City of Edinburgh Council’s Edinburgh Design Guide.

In total there were 22 winners across six categories, with 10 projects receiving awards, and 12 more receiving commendations.

Planning minister Derek Mackay said: "As the overall winner, the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village has only enhanced its reputation as a place that looks great and which will bring lasting change to the east end of Glasgow, demonstrating the legacy of the Commonwealth Games for local communities.

"All of the projects that made it onto the final shortlist are of exceptional calibre, and demonstrate the passion, knowledge and talent of those who drive forward new ideas and keep our planning system delivering to the best of its capacity".

Full details on all the award winners and commendations can be found here.

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