Placemaking focusses on developing a positive contribution to the physical and social environment around us. It aims to enhance the quality of life and experience through a collaborative and holistic approach to design and participation.

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Planning Overview

Learn more about how planning in Scotland is changing. how the system operates and the outcomes it aims to support.

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Community-led design

Many communities are taking the lead in these processes and working collaboratively with the public sector, charities and businesses to ensure that the impact of planning and design is tailored to the needs and opportunities of that place.

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The Place Standard

The Place Standard tool is a simple way for anyone to assess the quality of a place.

The tool provides a framework to structure conversations about place. It allows people to think about the physical elements of a place (for example its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making).

A new 'Design' version of the Place Standard tool is also available. It provides a method through which the Place Standard can directly inform the emerging design of a development or a place.

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