Planning and Architecture
Development Plan Forum 2018 – Workshop Summary – Introduction
Two workshop sessions were delivered after lunch. In separate groups, all delegates took part in a facilitated ‘show and tell’ discussion to share Development Planning practice that aligns with new ways of working advocated in planning reform. The second workshop session then followed on to focus on six more detailed topics:
A. Corporate working
B. A place based plan – what does it look like?
C. 2018: Engaging young people in planning
D. S75 and STF – Learning from Aberdeenshire
E. CPO – how can it help you deliver the housing and infrastructure in your plan?
F. Digital Task Force – opportunities and potential for plan making
The following notes summarise participant comments and are not necessarily the views of the Scottish Government who helped to facilitate the workshops.
Part 1 Workshops – ‘New ways of working’
Groups were invited to think about how current practice aligns with new ways of working advocated in planning reform and reflect on what can be done more, less, or differently. Feedback was generally grouped under themes as shown below:
|Evidence / digital / data
|Link C+S Planning
|Community Participation / engagement
|Collaborate / partner working
|Place based / branding
Planning across scale
|Resourcing / Corporate
Overriding observations from the Part 1 workshop included:
- doing one thing for different purposes helps with consistency, avoids duplication and achieves more by doing less
- themes overlap and interlink – e.g. interactive mapping links ‘engaging’ with ‘data’; collaborative working is happening through linking community and spatial planning; proactively engaging with communities and community planning
- many of the initiatives that seek to make best use of limited resources point towards taking a proactive approach to achieving wider benefits over the whole life of places
- this has implications for skills development, resourcing, communication and language
Examples of ‘new ways of working’ provided as part of delegate registration included:
Currently working on 3d visualisation fly through videos to time with publication of PLDP. Intention is to create a 2-min video for each of the community planning defined locality areas in North Ayrshire showing a fly through of what LDP means. It is hoped this will be a more engaging tool to communicate impact of the LDP, which users will be able to understand in a more visual way, and which would reduce the need to read traditional documents. This has been promoted by consultants to both DP and DM HOPS groups. However, this visualisation is created in house through GIS and is therefore, essentially free to produce. A sample of this has been trialled for North Ayrshire’s housing land supply and is on Youtube (see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCaa5yLac9M ), and has so far received positive feedback, and NAC is presenting to SYPN on this and other digital working within NAC planning. This has obvious ties with the digital workshop.
A tiered approach to planning policy guidance that is transferable to a world without statutory supplementary guidance.
Early promotion of Growth projects to upgrade Scottish Water’s treatment works. Modelling work to determine network upgrade requirements in advance of development coming forward.
Partnership working – data sharing with other agencies Collaboration with other Key Agencies (SEPA/SNH)
Isle of Rum Community Land Use Plan (example of a local place plan)
Workflow and time management through the LDP process. Orkney Islands Council commenced information gathering and early consultation in June 2014 and adopted the Plan in May 2017, within a small team.
From West Lothians LDP1, all 11 Secondary Schools Environmental Education cluster approached with questionnaire tailored to S4-S6 / Free maps and lesson plan (FAILED – no Take-up!)
LDP Story map
There are a number of things I am working towards and having meetings and presentations about but that I haven’t actually implemented yet. Key ones are working with Education Services to engage more effectively with young people and working with Communities service of the Council to better integrate Planning and Community Planning.
SLC has established a Community Infrastructure Assessment Officer Working Group to help prevent delays in the processing of major planning applications and to ensure a balance is struck between setting contributions at a level that addresses projected impacts and ensuring that the development remains viable.
The Council is currently working with the local community in Foxbar, Paisley to prepare a Place Plan. Part of this work will involve the preparation of a ‘How to Guide’ which will help other communities across Renfrewshire prepare a Place Plan for their area.
Use of the Place Standard tool during consultation with secondary school pupils. This followed the use of cognitive mapping with the same age group during preparation of the
current LDP. In general terms the Council has used a range of approaches to engage the general public in development planning including cognitive mapping, a video, town centre standpoints and the place standard. Results have been fed to colleagues involved in community planning.
Social Pinpoint, application of digital tools in Development Plans.
Aspire Arbroath – post charette action plan. Example of integrated of spatial and community planning.
…exploring new ways of collaborative working.
Addressing housing land and housing delivery separately – emerging outcomes.
Looking to implement the GDPR and the planning legislation with regards to publishing representations in the public domain during the LDP process.
Development Planning team supported Community Planning staff to analyse comments received through community survey undertaken using the Place Standard tool.
Developer Obligations. Working towards a more proactive evidence based approach to identifying DO. This will include the use of a form of community asset plan to allow communities to engage with the DO process. Pilot projects have been undertaken with environmental services to help identify suitable projects
We are currently at pre-MIR stage of our LDP2022. In preparation for our MIR we are considering options on reforming our plan to take account of the removal of supplementary guidance (policy based, and place based masterplans) and the MIR. At MIR stage, along with our Main Issues we intend to have draft policies for comment, in effect an ‘early proposed plan’. This will allow for consultation and modification of policies before we reach proposed plan stage.
FIFEplan Action Programme. LEAN project management.
LDP2 Major Areas of Change graphical guidance – intended to be ‘mini development briefs’ for large strategic growth area.
Youth engagement using place standard – Youth engagement around Helix Park encouraging young people to assess their environment using the place standard.
Open space improvement programme (demonstrating award winning Open Space Strategy in action)
Shieldhill core path – use of CPO to secure ‘missing link’ in local core path network. Bellsdyke, Larbert masterplan – implementation (demonstrating what we have achieved through long term masterplanning)
These notes summarise participant comments and are not necessarily the views of the Scottish Government who helped to facilitate the workshops.