Bertha Park, a new village being built on the edge of Perth, has been recognised by the Scottish Government for its approach to planning.
Leading private and affordable housing developer, Springfield Properties, and Perth & Kinross Council picked up the Scottish Award for Quality in Planning within the Partnership category, reflecting the success of their collaboration on the landmark project.
Springfield Properties first engaged with Perth & Kinross Council with plans to develop the 300-ha site into a new village in 2012. Construction is now well underway with the first show homes due to open their doors early next year.
The extensive development includes one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes; retail and offices spaces; restaurant and cafes; and a medical centre. It will also be the site of a purpose-built school, which will accommodate up to 1,110 pupils.
Innes Smith, Chief Executive of Springfield Properties said: “On a project of this size, collaboration between developer and local authorities is absolutely paramount. Since the outset, we have worked closely with Perth & Kinross Council, and the landowners, to facilitate the delivery of a landmark development for the area. To be recognised for the partnership award is a wonderful achievement and testament to the diligence of all those involved.”
Cllr Murray Lyle, Leader of the Council, said: “I’m delighted that Bertha Park has been recognised with this award. Planning a new community takes close partnership working, and this project has really shown what can be achieved when all parties strive towards the common goal of providing not just homes, but a thriving new neighbourhood with a new secondary school and leisure opportunities.”
Springfield Properties is undertaking the development of a number of other villages throughout Scotland, including Durieshill in Stirling, Elgin South, Dykes of Gray, Dundee and Gavieside near Livingston.