Planning award for Kelso town centre regeneration works

Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015

We have received a top planning award for the Kelso town centre regeneration project.

The project was awarded the ‘Development on the Ground Award’ at the Scottish Government’s Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.

The award was presented by Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights to:

  • Councillor Simon Mountford, representing the three Kelso and District ward members
  • Mark Douglas, Principal Officer, Built Heritage and Design
  • David Johnston, Design Team Leader - Engineering

The project included:

  • the Kelso Townscape Heritage Initiative
  • traffic management and public realm enhancements
  • a gap site building
  • shop front enhancement scheme
  • public art installation

Councillor Ron Smith, Executive Member for Planning and Environment

“This programme of work was three years in the planning and took five years to deliver. It was very much a partnership project with the local community and brought various teams together from across the Council, town and partners, and the successful co-ordination brought great results.

“This project also had unstinting support from the local members and I am delighted for all involved that it has received this prestigious award.”

Project partners

The project was delivered in partnership with:

  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Historic Scotland
  • the local community, who were actively involved throughout the project

The judges think the project is “an impressive commitment from both planning and transport to resolve modern day activity within an historic place.”

The judges felt that we "involved local businesses to ensure confidence, trust, buy-in and a genuine understanding of ‘place’."

"Overall, through gradually addressing different demands on the market square, and re-engineering how traffic is handled, the outcome has been a restoration of civic pride and confidence in the town. All in all, the town is moving onwards and upwards and is a credit to everyone who was involved.”