Planning and Architecture

  • 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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  • Scottish Youth Parliament Event – 27 October 2019 – Dunfermline High School

    1st November 2019 by

    Blog – SYP event 27 Oct 2019 The NPF4 team was delighted to be invited to participate in a discussion with members of the Scottish Youth Parliament to consider the sort of place Scotland can be in 2050. The attached blog provides a summary of the event. #scotplan

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  • Regional Spatial Strategies – exploratory event

    25th October 2019 by

    RSS Event – 2 Oct – summary note A collaborative event, held on 2 October 2019 at the Engine Shed in Stirling, explored arrangements to consider regional spatial strategies that will emerge from the Planning (Scotland) Act. The attached summary note of the day provides links to the various presentations and reflects some of the...

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  • National Planning Framework 4 – Scottish Planning Policy Research.

    9th October 2019 by

    We have today published research by Ironside Farrar relating to the existing Scottish Planning Policy (SPP). The research looks into how effective the existing SPP policies are in influencing the preparation of local development plans and determining planning applications. The SPP will be incorporated into National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4). Work is underway on this...

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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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  • Planning for a better future

    7th February 2017 by

    Planning affects everyone’s lives, from making sure we have the right types of homes to improving our places and driving forward regeneration. When we launched the planning consultation on 10th January, the Scottish Government set out 20 proposals for revamping the system, which will support economic growth, delivery of houses and increase community involvement in planning...

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  • Self and Custom Build event 2016

    13th October 2016 by

    The first Self and Custom Build event hosted by More Homes and Planning & Architecture Divisions was held on Thursday 15th September.   The event, chaired by Malcolm Fraser, brought together guest speakers, developers, planners, land interests and the finance sector, to share ideas and experience on how we can face the challenges, and find...

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  • Publication of the first Programme for Government

    7th September 2016 by

    Yesterday marked the publication of the first Programme for Government (PfG) of the new parliament. This sets out the legislative programme and how we will deliver our wider ambitions including driving inclusive economic growth and empowering communities. The PfG emphasises the critical role of the planning system in supporting continued growth and investment, and creating...

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