Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Development Site scale

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Case studies are organised around the scale at which the Place Standard Tool has been applied by the groups involved. The case studies in this section address work with the tool at Development Site scale.

Hear from those involved their rational for using the tool, their methods and approach to empowering local communities, the impact this has had and their lessons learned.

Download this Case Study to 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 – be it of housing or infrastructure. It features:

  • 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.


What is the Place Standard?

The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to think about the physical elements of a place (for example its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making).

Access the Place Standard tool (web version) here.

The tool provides prompts for discussions, allowing you to consider all the elements of a place in a methodical way. The tool pinpoints the assets of a place as well as areas where a place could improve.

The Place Standard can benefit all new and existing communities and can also help tackle health inequalities.

The tool has been built jointly by NHS Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and Architecture & Design Scotland.

(This post was updated in June 2019)

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