Planning and Architecture

  • Planning to live well locally – consultation on draft guidance

    24th May 2023 by

    We have a clear vision for growing a well-being economy, achieving net zero and building community wealth, but we’re often asked what this means for our places and communities. By planning places to help people to live well locally, we’re taking practical steps towards making this vision a reality. Our places should work for all...

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  • 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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  • Digital Planning: PlaceBuilder

    14th October 2021 by

    An overview Subscriptions available – The Digital Planning team have been working with a company called The Future Fox on the development of a community focused digital engagement tool called PlaceBuilder. PlaceBuilder seeks to present viable options available to communities in helping shape their community with actionable solutions. PlaceBuilder is a cloud engagement platform that...

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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 The consultation period runs till 25 June 2021. Here we...

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  • Local Place Plans – next steps

    22nd March 2021 by

    Local Place Plans (LPPs) offer the opportunity for a community led, but collaborative, approach to creating great local places. LPPs can support community aspirations on the big challenges for a future Scotland, such as responding to the global climate emergency and tackling inequalities, and help shape local planning policies contained in the Local Development Plan....

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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 stakeholder...

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  • A Digital Strategy for Planning – coming soon!

    17th November 2020 by

    Building on the recommendations of an independent panel appointed to carry out a review of Scotland’s planning system in 2015, the Scottish Government has been exploring thoroughly how data and technology could be far more effectively harnessed and deployed to transform the planning system and the way we make important decisions about how Scotland develops....

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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 information...

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