A&DS has recently completed a term as Chair of the Key Agency Group (KAG). Throughout this time significant achievements have included:
- Facilitation and reporting of workshop on Development Planning
- A&DS led Masterplanning training events
- Project manage and production of a KAG training video
- Promote KAG pre-application statement
- Produced Planning Performance Framework
- Chaired joint sessions on service improvement
- Led KAG proposal to inform the NPF ‘charrette style’ event + input to NPF process
- Chair and participate in discussion sessions regarding review of Scottish Planning Policy
- Overseen implementation of Joint Action Plan
- Contribute to activities of KAG sub-groups (EA, Skills, Pre-app, Culture Change, Climate Change)
Agency feedback suggests that A&DS’s period as Chair has helped to galvanise and positively promote the Group (e.g. “the group has really gelled” SNH).
Throughout this work A&DS has been able to promote better placemaking as a key aim amongst the group as a whole, and through the guest discussions. As a particular example, masterplanning training exercises helped to demonstrate how each agency has a responsibility and an active role to play in facilitating better place outcomes; A&DS helped to ‘keep an eye on the bigger picture in terms of what agencies are trying to do’ SNH & Historic Scotland.
The profile of A&DS was also raised:
I have learnt that A&DS can bring a new way of looking at issues and that whilst we might not be conscious of ‘people and place’ in our every-day work, I can more confidently see that it does. Scottish Water.
A&DS contributes to raising awareness and promoting a greater understanding of the importance of design in creating better places which can in turn have a positive impact on a range of economic, social and environmental outcomes. Also A&DS has a key role in contributing to joint KAG positions on planning issues and providing a key point of contact for COSLA on such issues. COSLA