Find out more about the use of the Place Standard tool in site-specific or project-specific engagement, most commonly to inform design briefs for new development for housing and/or infrastructure
See more information on the use of the Place Standard tool in site-specific or project-specific engagement, most commonly to inform design briefs for new development – be it of housing or infrastructure.
Internal use of the tool by developer Scotia Homes to guide design briefs for all its new housing sites
Use by North Ayrshire Council in targeted consultations with local people as part of an early stage planning assessments of eight new housing sites
Use by design partners of a housing association to inform masterplanning for a new housing site in Staneyhill, Lerwick
The Place Standard tool being embedded in a Sustrans funding delivery model for large active travel infrastructure projects in Scotland.
Key learning points identified by A&DS:
These cases studies demonstrate diverse methods of application of the Place Standard tool, and the range of impacts it has had. Most notably:
The Place Standard tool has been embedded in project management at Scotia Homes, replacing a similar internal evaluation tool previously used
In North Ayrshire, use of the Place Standard helped increase capacity for local residents to have material input at a strategic stage in development planning. Residents’ input provided detail on planning considerations going beyond in-principle objections to development. Place Standard outputs were combined with technical site information to create development briefs for each of the new housing sites
For new housing at North Staneyhill, Lerwick, two-step use of the tool with neighbouring residents saw the tool being applied to the greenfield site ‘as existing’ and again to outline design proposals, with a direct influence on layout design and masterplanning
The design partners for North Staneyhill point out that managing public expectation – in terms of what can feasibly be delivered – is a key part of the conversation Sustrans Scotland has embedded the Place Standard tool as part of the selection process for its Community LINKS funding programme to ensure that meaningful community engagement influences both investment decisions and post-occupancy evaluation.
This report is a summary of the high-level evidence behind the 14 themes of the Place Standard Tool, the Place and Wellbeing Outcomes and their links with health and wellbeing.
The ambition of the Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme is to: Improve Scotland’s wellbeing by reducing the significant inequality in the health of its people while addressing the health of our planet.
Find out more about how Shetland Island Council, West Dunbartonshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council have used the Place Standard tool.