An Award Winning Partnership

November 11, 2016 by 1 Comment | Category Collaborations, Marine Directorate general, Marine Planning

A working group, consisting of colleagues from Marine Scotland, Orkney Islands Council and the Highland Council, has received an award in the ‘Partnership’ category of the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP).

The award recognised the work of the group, in developing the pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan, and was presented to the team by Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing, at a ceremony on 8 November.

The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning is one of the Government’s most prestigious events. It celebrates 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.

When stating the reasons for awarding the project this accolade the judges said they Welcomed this initiative as it illustrated dedication to the local landscape and the significance of water within the Highlands and Islands”. They praised the “brave new approach” for which there was a “solid partnership with Marine Scotland”.

The working group is delighted to have won this award for what has been a rewarding and successful venture. Following the award Tracy McCollin from Marine Scotland said “the group would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the commitment and input of the local people in this area. Their valuable range of expertise and knowledge has been a vital asset during the process of delivering this pilot Plan”.

Further Information

Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP)

Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan


  • Edward@ Liverpool Cleaners says:

    Maintaining our environment is the way to create a sustainable and valuable future for the current and future generations.
    The solid partnership with Marine Scotland has ensured the best use of the local resources and natural assets.
    Great job!
    Edward Brady, Marketing Manager @ Liverpool Cleaners

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