1. Architecture and planning

This section contains projects and initiatives that are underway to deliver the policy commitments related to architecture and planning.  Work across the range of commitments is on-going and further actions and projects will be added as they are developed.


POLICY

Everyone responsible for Scotland’s built and natural environment must recognise that architecture and places are not simply elements of the planning process –

they are among the most important outcomes that the process exists to support, and their quality should be a priority.


 

Action Plan Commitment Delivery Actions

We will embed design and placemaking as a priority within a revised Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) to be published by the end of 2013. This will put the design requirements for architecture and placemaking at the heart of the decision making process and ensure that the policy has a greater focus on outcomes.

Commitment delivered:

The new Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) launched 23rd June 2014.  It can be found, in full, here:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/5823/0

We will fully integrate the principles of Designing Places into the revised SPP.  Designing Streets will remain the national planning, architecture and transport policy for street design.

Commitment delivered

The new Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) launched 23rd June 2014.  It can be found, in full, here:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/5823/0

We will develop a Place Standard assessment tool, which will be the hallmark of well-designed places.  This standard will be aimed at creating greater certainty around quality of place and it is intended to support the private and public sectors and communities.

Commitment delivered


The Place Standard: How Good is Our Place was launched on 10th December 2015 by the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights.”
For more information:  www.placestandard.scot

We will promote and encourage the use of the Place Standard within public housing developments.  Its use will be an expectation of the award of subsidies provided through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme.

The Place Standard is being developed to fit with the requirements of the affordable housing supply programme. We will engage with affordable housing suppliers to ensure that the document is a practical and useful tool.

To support the outcomes of the Town Centres Review, we will develop a Masterplanning Toolkit, specific to town centres, which includes guidance on specific transport and design details, focussing on the development of quality, accessible public realm and the use of town assets.

Commitment delivered


On 15th April 2015, the Town Centre Toolkit was launched.  It can be found at Scotland’s towns partnership web portal:

http://www.scotlandstowns.org/town_centre_toolkit

Working with partners we will develop training resources tailored for elected members, senior council managers, communities, public sector