Vote for your favourite project!

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

From now until late September, everyone has a chance to help select the winners of the Peoples Choice Award. This award allows anyone to vote for their favourite shortlisted SAQP entry. The idea is that this Award gives everyone a chance to get involved and express their support for whatever they consider to have been a great project in 2018.

You can find all the projects and vote by clicking here.

SNH Planning e-bulletin

SNH produce a twice yearly bulletin to help keep up to date with guidance, consultations, research, and good practice related to development and the natural heritage. Sign up here.



Greenspace benefits toolkit launched

SNH has published a report which describes how to map ecosystem services at a local, regional and national scale using existing and easily available land cover data.

Nine ecosystem services are covered (including soil carbon storage, water purification, urban climate regulation, and accessible nature). It’s a technical step-by-step report describing the ecosystem services it covers, and how the mapping can be applied and used. To see the toolkit, click here.

Mental Health and Green Infrastructure

A new task-force at the University of Surrey called the ‘Green Infrastructure and Health Mapping Alliance of Surrey Academics’ (GREENMASS), will see academics from a range of disciplines use their combined knowledge and expertise to explore whether green initiatives actually make a difference to wellbeing.

Guildford will be used as the initial pilot study area, but it is hoped that GREENMASS will grow to surrounding towns and cities. The team’s aim is to develop a new approach to linking green infrastructure to health outcomes. To read more, click here.

Boosting green infrastructure in historic towns and cities

The international green infrastructure project PERFECT has published a blog highlighting findings from a recent study tour in Bratislava. The group tracks changes across the city’s medieval ‘green belt’, considering what is needed to integrate green infrastructure into a historic urban setting. For more details, click here.