The use of town audits based on data from the Understanding Scottish Places tool has been shortlisted for the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning

North Ayrshire Council submitted the application, which described how NAC worked with Scotland’s Towns Partnership and EKOS to produce town centre audits as part of its new Local Development Plan.

The submission stated that the audits had supported strategic planning, funding bids and specific projects in a number of ways:

“This approach was innovative for STP, EKOS and NAC as it covered all town centres; and allowed partners to frame a strategic overview of all centres, to support a network approach, and recognise the value of a network in maximising town centres as regional and local economic drivers.

The work provides a framework for monitoring/evidence gathering, auditing leading to a well-informed strategic approach, and allowing a range of partners to deliver on that strategy”.

You can read more about Your Town Audits here.

The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning are one of the Scottish Government’s most prestigious awards. They celebrate achievements in planning, from the detail of processing to the bigger picture of creating places which will become the legacy of professionalism.

The four judges shortlisted 22 projects in the four categories of Partnership, Place, Plans and Process.

You can view an interactive map featuring all the 22 shortlisted projects here:

Updates on the Award winners will be provided after the ceremony in November.

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