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The Place Standard Tool, developed by NHS Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and Architecture Design Scotland, has won the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) award for excellence in planning for wellbeing.

It is important that the places and spaces in which we live and work are designed to promote good health and reduce health inequalities. The people who live in a community are best placed to design the spaces and places in a way that will make this happen. That is why we developed the Place Standard Tool.  It can help structure the necessary conversations between planners and communities. 

John Howie, Organisational Lead for Place at NHS Health Scotland, said:

"We are delighted that the Place Standard Tool has been acknowledged for its contribution to wellbeing. The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the planning industry. In choosing to award the Place Standard Tool, the RTPI has shown that the relevance of place in creating good health and wellbeing is not only understood by those of us working in health, but in the planning industry as well. They have added their significant weight behind a tool that is already being widely used, and for that, we are very grateful.

"I am confident that as communities and planners work together using the tool, the value of involving communities in the design of their spaces will become part of everyday space-based planning and delivery in the future."

If you would like to know more about the Place Standard Tool, you can visit