New - the Place Standard tool with Climate Lens

We are finalising a climate lens for the Place Standard tool. This new resource will offer the opportunity to consider climate change and how it will impact on health and wellbeing and Scotland’s places.

Good place-making is essential for designing a robust local response to the climate emergency, such as taking local action to cut emissions and to increase resilience to local climate change impacts. The climate lens will help stakeholders, including public health planners, local planning partners and communities, to consider how global trends such as climate change will play out in a local area.

Following the high level of interest you can now get an update on the project, the team involved, the learning so far, and how you can get support to use the tool in your place.

Find out more about the Place Standard with a Climate Lens

Place Standard Design Version

The Place Standard tool Design Version is a complementary addition to the original Place Standard tool. It provides a method through which the Place Standard can directly inform the emerging design of a development or a place. It supports users to structure design considerations, discussions and decision-making around an emerging development proposal, based on holistic place-based thinking.

Based on the same 14 Place Standard themes, the Design Version organises these into 5 overarching categories and uses design-orientated focus areas and detailed prompts that are referenced to urban design principles and linked to Scottish Government national design policies and guidance.

The Design Version offers the flexibility to suit different stages in the design and development processes; from high level design brief through to concept design and detailed design.

The tool can be used by anyone with an interest or stake in the development process, in particular, developers (and commissioners of developments), spatial planners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, transport planners; as well as planners in local authority planning and development management teams.

Access the Place Standard tool Design Version here

New - the Place Standard tool with Air Quality Lens

This part of the tool has information on air quality and has additional prompts which can be used in areas if you want to know how local people feel about air quality and their ideas to improve air quality.

Access the Place Standard tool Air Quality lens here

Place Standard Case Studies

This series of case studies from Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) illustrates how the Place Standard tool has been used in a variety of ways and at a range of scales to inform spatial planning community planning, design and development.

The practitioners and organisations featured in the case studies explain their reason for using the tool, the methods they applied, their approach to empowering local communities and the impact this has had. They also share their perceptions of the tool, the knowledge gained in using it as well as any valuable lessons learned and worth sharing with others.

Access the Place Standard tool case studies here

Place Standard Learning Resource

The Place Standard tool is simple and easy to use. However, for some groups or organisations who may wish more in-depth knowledge of the tool, a really useful learning resource has been created by Public Health Scotland. The aim of this learning resource is to enable users to understand and practically apply the Place Standard tool in a variety of contexts, through helpful tools and templates.

This resource extends to any group looking to undertake a Place Standard assessment and has primarily been designed with community and third sector groups and organisations in mind. You'll be prompted to login or create an account in order to use the tool.

Access the Learning Resource here

Place Standard Strategy

The implementation of the Place Standard is guided by a strategic plan.

The plan sets a vision for how the Place Standard tool can build on its successes to date and support place-based working across Scotland.

It aims to ensure that the views, stories and real life experiences of people living in a particular place are captured, valued and integrated into the heart of decision-making processes

Read the Place Standard Strategy here