Triple planning success for Fife in light of Forth Bridge recognition

The team behind securing the Forth Bridge’s World Heritage status has been honoured with a trilogy of planning awards 

The Forth Bridge World Heritage Partnership Project and Fife Council have collectively scooped a trilogy of awards for their work in helping to raise the profile of the Forth Bridge and secure its World Heritage status.
The Partnership Project landed two awards, while the Council’s former senior planning manager, Jim Birrell, received the Personal Achievement in Planning honour, in a triple success for Fife at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2016 held on Tuesday (8 November) night.
The awards in both the Partnership and People’s Choice categories were presented to representatives of Fife Council and the Forth Bridge World Heritage Partnership by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing,
Birrell was presented with the inaugural ‘Personal Achievement in Planning’ award, which rewards either an individual planner or team who has made an outstanding contribution to planning, in recognition of 44 years’ of commitment to the discipline. The judges said they felt his style is one that “provided common sense to complex situations.”
Douglas Speirs, Fife Council’s archaeologist, said:  It’s taken five long years of innovative, multi-agency public, private and third sector working to achieve the recognition that the Forth Bridge deserves.
“Having now secured World Heritage listing for Scotland’s most iconic piece of industrial heritage, it is the icing on the cake to have had our project recognised as an exemplar of its type and by the Scottish Government’s SAQP 2016 awards.”
Robin Presswood, head of Economy, Planning and Employability Services, said: “I am delighted for the teams involved, for the Council, its partners, and for the communities who have who have contributed towards these awards.
“We are carrying out pioneering work in Fife, and winning in three categories at these prestigious awards is helping us to celebrate the quality of our local built environment.
“I was particularly pleased that Jim Birrell’s lifelong commitment to Fife, and the planning profession, was recognised.
“These awards mark just a few of Fife’s outstanding examples of planning that have made a positive impact on the local community and environment.”
The Forth Bridge World Heritage Partnership, which successfully secured World Heritage status for the Forth Bridge, comprises Fife Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Network Rail, Historic Environment Scotland, Transport Scotland, The Forth Bridges Forum, the Forth Estuary Transport Authority, Visit Scotland, North and South Queensferry Community Councils and Queensferry Ambition.
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