Monday, 1 July 2013

The Scottish Government - 'Creating Places'

"Creating Places", Scotland's new Architecture and Place policy statement, has been launched.  The commitment in the document is one of a series of pro-design pledges with the Scottish Government having promised to put design and placemaking at the heart of revised planning policy which is due to be published by the end of the year.  
The document contains an action plan that sets out the work that is to be taken forward to achieve positive change.  In association, a new Creating Places website has been set up which is intended to act as a resource for everyone with an interest in the built and natural environment.

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has set out a series of commitments including a clear message that design quality will be upgraded as a material consideration in planning decisions in Scotland.  Other measures include a commitment to work more closely with Architecture and Design Scotland, promote community participation in design and planning at a local level through participatory exercises such as charettes, and to develop a ‘Place Standard’ assessment tool for housing developments which will play a key role in accessing government affordable housing funding. Town centres will get a masterplanning toolkit with guidance that will put the emphasis on transport, design and the public realm. 

The Creating Places policy statement can be found here.

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