The Places for People Roman Fields residential development in the former mining village of Twechar was awarded the Best Partnership in Planning at the Homes for Scotland Awards on Friday.
The Roman Fields site, designed by Cooper Cromar, comprises 150 new homes and forms part of the overall Twechar Regeneration project which is a partnership between Places for People (PfP), East Dunbartonshire Council, the Local Community, and the Twechar Regeneration Group to revitalise the village by providing 300 new homes, open space and infrastructure.
The project was the catalyst for the establishment of a collaborative partnership between PfP and EDC to pilot an assessment methodology to ensure this, and future applications, test and deliver the principles of Designing Streets, and shall form part of a case study by the Scottish Government as a Model of Excellence in implementing Designing Streets principles and sustainable place-making.
The judges commented: “With place making a cornerstone of the Scottish Government’s current Planning and Architectural policies, the submission demonstrated that by placing this at the heart of the partnership it allowed the traditional barriers which exist between professions and sectors to be removed.
At the same time, the commitment to partnership working allowed the local community to play a positive and proactive role in delivering a scheme into their area which also generated a wider understanding and confidence in the planning process.”