Planning and Architecture

  • Tom Arthur MSP: Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments

    11th January 2022 by

    COP26 has reinforced on an international stage, how green spaces, with opportunities to connect with nature and to play in natural settings can bring benefits, not only to the planet but also building resilience in our children and in communities. Never have they been more important as we recover from the pandemic, tackle the climate...

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  • Local Place Plans – a big step closer

    7th October 2021 by

    On 7 October 2021 the Scottish Government laid the Town and Country Planning (Local Place Plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations) in the Scottish Parliament. Subject to Parliament’s approval, they will come into force on 22 January 2022. The Regulations provide for the preparation, submission and registration of Local Place Plans (LPPs). They are an...

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  • Engagement on Local Place Plans proposals

    26th May 2021 by

    Just before the recent Scottish Parliament election we published proposals for regulations to support the development of Local Place Plans. Accompanying the consultation paper, we published a draft ‘How to’ Guide and asked people to send us comments. You can find out more at www.transformingplanning.scot. The consultation period runs till 25 June 2021. Here we...

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  • National Planning Framework 4 Position Statement – getting involved and having your say

    15th December 2020 by

    We published our NPF4 Position Statement on 26 November 2020, setting out our current thinking towards the production of the next National Planning Framework.   At the same time, we also published an updated Programme for Engagement. This updated document provides a summary of engagement so far and sets out plans and opportunities for continuing...

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  • Galashiels – Strengthening Place by Thinking Small

    9th July 2020 by

    Pre COVID-19, construction was on track for the completion of the Great Tapestry of Scotland (GToS) building designed by Page/Park Architects. It has been architecturally tailored to exhibit the world’s boldest community art projects. The tapestry installation is made-up of 160 hand stitched panels, involved over 1,000 stitchers and tells the story of Scotland’s history...

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  • National Planning Framework 4 Call for Ideas: Evidence now published

    7th July 2020 by

    We have now published the evidence gathered as part of our National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) Call for Ideas.   Our Call for Ideas launched on 9 January and ran to the end of April 2020.   Whilst we were disappointed that our Scotplan Roadshow was cut short, we are extremely pleased with the level of...

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  • Kevin Stewart MSP: What kind of Scotland do we want to see post-lockdown?

    26th June 2020 by

    The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has made many of us reflect on the importance and the value of the places where we live, work, shop and socialise. Now as we begin to come out of lockdown, instead of just getting things back to the way they were before, we have a new opportunity...

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  • National Planning Framework 4 – The Essentials!

    8th October 2019 by

    What is the National Planning Framework (NPF)? The NPF is a long term spatial plan for Scotland that sets out where development and infrastructure is needed to support sustainable and inclusive growth. We have started work to prepare our fourth NPF (NPF4) which will look to Scotland in 2050. It will guide spatial development, set...

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  • Designing Places Student Competition 2018

    21st March 2018 by

    Date: 17th March 2018 Location: The Lighthouse, Glasgow This year’s Designing Places Competition took place on St Patrick’s Day, at The Lighthouse, in Glasgow. The day was led by the Scottish Government through Susie Stirling (Head of Placemaking and Housing) and Kristen Anderson (Senior Planner) supported by Ian Alexander (JM Architects), Rowena Statt (Anderson Bell...

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  • Greener Gardens

    19th December 2016 by

    Throughout the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Scottish Government Planning & Architecture officials have been working in partnership with Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Abertay University and C+D Associates on an innovative ’Greener Gardens’ project. Together they’ve been looking at how the gardens of new homes can be used to...

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