The joint A+DS / SNH programme on Sustainable Placemaking explores new ways of enabling positive change through engaging with development planning processes, and aims to build skills and capacity in design and placemaking by ‘learning through doing’.
Through practical involvement, the programme has been helping to support collaborative working to achieve better, more sustainable place outcomes at the earliest stages of the planning process.
The report summarises a series of projects and also provides links to other associated placemaking activity being undertaken by A+DS and SNH.
Keys learning from delivering the programme has been that:
- timing of events and securing the input of the right people at the right time is crucial in order to inform and influence more sustainable and successful place decisions
- the programme is welcomed as a method that actively supports the delivery of rapid, inexpensive, non-complex ‘charrette-lite style’ events to help inform development plan processes geared towards delivering improved planning outcomes
- the facilitated approach supports cross-departmental and inter-disciplinary discussions to aid decision making and deliver better services that can help improve places (thereby assisting the connection between spatial and community planning)
- the programme is helping to develop skills in place making, and foster a more confident approach to these issues by planning authorities
- the method enables rapid testing and evaluation of scenarios and discussion about the consequences of decision making
- the programme’s collaborative approach provides an efficient method to clarify and agree shared goals across different and sometimes complex and competing agendas.