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Projects helping to deliver the CSGN have been shortlisted for a national planning award. They have been chosen from more than 50 entries in the Scottish Awards for Quality Planning 2019, which are considered some of the Scottish Government’s most prestigious awards.

There are a number of awards up for grabs, including ones for partnership working, plans, process, people and place. Four criteria were used to select the shortlist by an independent judging panel. They looked at innovation in the projects; the impact that the projects have had; the transferability of the projects and lessons learned from them. A final decision will be made by Scottish Ministers.

Shortlisted projects across the five categories can be explored on an interactive map and include Fife Council’s Opencase Restoration Programme, Falkirk Council’s Carron Dams Local Nature Reserve, the Improvement Service’s national spatial hub for digital planning data, Ironside Farrar’s Stirling Enhanced Landscape Mitigation Project, East Ayrshire Coalfields Environment Initiative and the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.

The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative was a £4m partnership programme that ran between 2014 and 2018. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, it delivered over 50 projects to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural, built and cultural heritage of the unique landscape at the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth. As a legacy of the partnership, Inner Forth Futures (IFF) is now continuing to work towards its aims.

Scottish Planning Policy says that ‘The planning system has a vital role to play in delivering high-quality places for Scotland.’  IFLI aimed to deliver this, working together as a Partnership, bringing local people and communities together, and acting as a catalyst to bring in investment and resources to help protect and enrich the area’s unique natural, historic and cultural heritage.

In addition to the five awards decided by Ministers, there is a public vote for the People’s Choice category later this year, which will include all of the final 35 shortlisted projects, with a closing date of 30 September 2019.

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