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Article published 07/12/2022

Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture

The Fife Pilgrim Way has been recognised for its outstanding engagement and partnership working at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2022.

The announced from the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust noted that the 64-mile waymarked trail received a Commendation in the category for Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture and was the only Scottish planning project entry to receive a prize, despite competing against multi-million pound projects across the UK.

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust led on the development of the trail and manages it on behalf of Fife Council. Opened in 2017, it starts in North Queensferry or Culross and winds through the heart of Fife and less well-known areas to arrive at the spectacular ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. It pays homage to Fife’s rich medieval past while bringing to life the Kingdom’s history, geography and industrial heritage for locals and visitors alike.

Two people holding an awardPicture shows (from left) Jeremy Harris, CEO of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and Dominick Mennie, Lead Officer in Fife Council Planning Department receiving the Commendation. Credit Royal Town Planning Institute.

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.

Judges commended The Fife Pilgrim Way for its outstanding engagement and monitoring to show how the scheme had progressed saying: “The project has made great use of the area's distinctive heritage to inform the upgrading and development of a sustainable path network across the region. Judges felt this submission is doing more to connect economic value to health and wellbeing growth, with great use of project management skills to deliver the project.

Read the full press release on the Fife Coast and Countryside website. 

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