A&DS Business Plan 2017/18

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A&DS Business Plan for 2017/18 outlining the activities we will undertake to achieve our corporate objectives. Our priorities are set out in our Corporate Strategy for 2017-2020 available to download here.

Our Vision is that:

We live in a Scotland where a well- designed built environment supports sustainable, resilient communities which meet the needs of all.

To realise our vision, we have identified a set of outcomes to work towards. These support the national outcomes set out by the Scottish Government to ensure that what we do will make a positive contribution to the lives of Scotland’s people.

Over the next three years, we will work to ensure that more people in Scotland:

  • are involved in decisions that affect their places
  • benefit from well-designed buildings, places and spaces
  • see how good design adds value to their lives.

The nature of the built environment is broad and the potential scope of our work reflects this. To focus our work, we have therefore identified a set of issues we want to tackle.

In deciding on these, we have listened carefully to our stakeholders and reflected on their views and been guided by the priorities of the Scottish Government, notably the reform of the planning system, the delivery of affordable housing, provision for early years and the regeneration of our town centres.

In each of our focus areas we will deliver a mix of advice, capacity building and outreach as we work to promote the value of good design. Within this we will pay particular attention to promoting Scotland on the international stage, building on our successful presence during the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design at the Venice Biennale and the Arctic Circle Forum in Reykjavik.

The delivery of inclusive growth through more and better housing

Why? Because providing advice on housing developments, exploring new approaches to planning and delivery and sharing good practice from across the country will enable us to support the Joint Housing Delivery Plan, create better designed places and help meet the government’s target of creating 50,000 new affordable homes by 2020.

Creating better schools, hospitals and other public investment

Why? Because working with users to inform design briefs for new schools, hospitals and other public buildings and promoting how this collaborative approach works, empowers people in decision-making, supports design-led procurement and improves the way we deliver public services.

Improving the design quality of infrastructure and public space

Why? Because supporting the implementation of Designing Streets and Green Infrastructure: Design and Placemaking will encourage more effective engagement with communities in creating places. We will deliver projects that help meet social and environmental needs; improve health and wellbeing; increase walking and cycling; facilitate climate change adaptation; encourage urban biodiversity and underline the bene ts of preventative expenditure.

Increasing the emphasis on community empowerment

Why? Because by working with communities to shape their places, we can support community empowerment, help create sustainable places designed around people and promote a stronger sense of local identity. As part of this work we will underline the key importance of stewardship at all levels, as looking after what we have and building a sense of shared ownership of the built environment is critical for a more sustainable future.

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