Midlothian Council is a finalist in this year’s prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence for its work on the Dalkeith town centre heritage regeneration.
Since 2007, the regeneration project has secured more than £4 million of investment in Dalkeith town centre which has supported the repair and restoration of 28 historic buildings, improvements to the shopfronts of 10 shops, public realm improvements along the High Street, the creation of 18 jobs and safeguarding of at least 25 other jobs, and training in traditional construction skills for over 50 apprentices and building professionals. The project has also resulted in the restoration of the Corn Exchange and the Burns Monument, which was recently unveiled in its new location on the High Street.
Councillor Jim Bryant, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said: “We are very proud of everything that has been achieved in Dalkeith town centre. Working in partnership with Dalkeith Business Renewal and the local community, we have been able to build on the fantastic heritage of the town to bring about lasting and sustainable change. We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for this prestigious national award in recognition of the hard work and commitment of all those involved in the project.”
Stephen Wilkinson, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, added: “The finalists represent some outstanding contributions to planning which are making a positive impact for the community and environment. The judges will find it difficult choosing the winners given the high calibre of entries this year.”
This year saw a nearly 40 per cent increase in entrants and the judges have shortlisted 90 finalists across 14 categories with an overall winner awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup. The winners will be announced during a ceremony to be held in London in June.