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The Carron Dams Local Nature Reserve project has been named as a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2020.

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

Working in partnership with Falkirk Council, Larbert High School, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Carron Dams Local Nature Reserve Management Group and Ratho Byres Forge to develop and deliver the project, CSGNT has helped breathe life back into a former industrial site, creating a nature-rich habitat that engages locals in the area’s fascinating history, whilst offering an attractive space for people to enjoy and relax.

Michael Ewart, Development Officer at CSGNT, said: “Inspiring projects like the Carron Dams Local Nature Reserve are transforming underused areas of land into local assets, engaging the community and celebrating local heritage. All while contributing towards delivering the Central Scotland Green Network, the largest greenspace project of its kind in Europe.”

RTPI President Sue Manns FRTPI said: “Many congratulations to all the finalists at this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence, representing the very best of our profession from not only all the RTPI’s regions and nations but also from countries around the globe.

“These outstanding projects, teams and individuals show how planning can have a positive effect on our communities and the environment and how planners can use their expertise and enthusiasm to create inclusive, happy and healthy places and spaces for ourselves and for future generations.

“I wish them all the best of the luck at the ceremony on 30 April.”

Andrew Jones MRTPI, Practice Leader Design Planning + Economics at AECOM, said: “AECOM is proud to once again be a headline sponsor of this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which demonstrate the breadth of the impact the profession has on quality place making and delivery in the built environment.”

David Jackson MRTPI, Head of Planning at Savills, said: “Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities and wider society across the UK, Ireland and internationally through exemplary projects, plans and people.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court Concert Hall in central London on 30 April 2020.

The RTPI champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. It is the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers. It supports its members – over 25,000 worldwide - throughout their careers.